1914: Five years after the Copyright Act of 1909 affirmed the rights of songwriters to be paid for their work, some of the most prominent composers of the age convene at the Hotel Claridge in New York on Feb. 13, to launch the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Music publisher George Maxwell is ASCAP's first president.

1915: Irving Berlin, one of America's greatest songwriters and an ASCAP charter member, writes "I Love a Piano," one of his first hits published after joining ASCAP.

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