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Australian Society of Authors

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(ASA) was founded in 1963 to promote and protect the professional interests of creators of literary, dramatic or musical material, i.e. all those who in Australia or NZ write for ...

Society of Authors

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Thomas Hays

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
308 words

...The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is concerned primarily with performing rights, while the Dramatists Guild in the USA fulfils many of the functions of the Society of Authors in the UK. A predecessor of the Society, the Dramatic Authors' Society, served the interests of playwrights throughout the 1800s and its members were instrumental in the passage of the Dramatic Authors' Act in 1833 , which gave dramatic authors control over the public performances of their works and allowed for the collection of performance-based ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
Length:
110 words

... of Authors An organization founded in 1884 by Walter Besant to promote the business interests of authors and fight for their rights, especially in copyright . Besant's example was followed by George Bernard Shaw , who fought arduously for playwrights vis‐à‐vis theatre managers, and to liberalize stage censorship; the League of Dramatists was founded in 1931 as an autonomous section of the Society. It conducted a successful 28‐year campaign for Public Lending Right, and has helped to set up the Authors' Lending and Copyright Society, in order to...

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
103 words

... of Authors British writers’ organization. Founded in 1884 by Walter Besant , with Tennyson as its first president, the Society developed alongside the *Booksellers and *Publishers Associations . The Society worked with the two associations to establish the *Net Book Agreement , but also campaigned successfully for more favourable *author–publisher agreements , the *royalties system, and *copyright reform. It advocated *literary agents , in later years acting as one itself, representing authors’ estates ( George Bernard Shaw , Virginia...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
217 words

... of Authors An organization founded in 1884 by Walter Besant to promote the business interests of authors and fight for their rights, especially in copyright . Progress was slow, but by 1914 much had been achieved; Britain had joined the International Copyright Convention (Berne Union), the USA had offered limited protection to foreign authors, while domestic copyright had undergone a major reform under the Copyright Act of 1911 . By then too the Society had succeeded in radically improving publishing contracts and in dealing with recalcitrant...

Australian Society of Authors

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
90 words

...Society of Authors ( ASA ) was founded in 1963 to promote and protect the professional interests of creators of literary, dramatic or musical material, i.e. all those who in Australia or NZ write for publication as opposed to performance. The Society has published The Australian and New Zealand Writers Handbook ( 1975 ) and Australian Book Contracts ( 1983 ) by Barbara Jefferis . Its journal is the Australian Author . The work of the Society is outlined in A Writer's Rights: The Story of the Australian Society of Authors 1963–1983 by ...

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers

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C. Henrik Borgstrom

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
145 words

... of Dramatic Authors and Composers The first association of dramatic authors in France was founded in 1777 by Beaumarchais as a legislative instrument to define and defend the creative and proprietary rights of dramatic writers. Under the presidency of Victor Hugo , the society expanded internationally to provide protection to authors outside of France, and in 1926 it created the International Confederation for Societies of Authors. Today, the essentially francophone organization (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques, or SACD) has offices...

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
Length:
21 words

...Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ( ASCAP ) Founded 1914 to protect copyrights, perf rights, etc. Headquarters in...

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

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Karen Sherry

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
235 words

...Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers [ ASCAP ] . The oldest performing rights organization in the United States (founded 1914), and the largest in terms of revenue and distribution of royalties to its membership, which comprises more than 400,000 composers, lyricists, and music publishers. The society licenses almost every kind of composition to radio stations, television stations, new media firms, and other music users ( see Performing rights societies ), and, in addition to the royalties it distributes from such uses, makes financial awards...

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
74 words

...Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers ( ASCAP ) . Founded in 1914 by Victor Herbert and a number of other distinguished writers and publishers, and known popularly as ASCAP, it was designed to protect and license performing rights of musical compositions. A rival group, Broadcast Music, Inc., or BMI, was founded in 1940 . Virtually all major composers and lyricists of the American stage have been members of these associations; neither group deals in dramatic...

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Performing arts, Music
Length:
245 words

...Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers ( ASCAP ). Music organization. Although copyright laws at the beginning of the twentieth century protected composers, lyricists, and music publishers from illegal reprinting of their sheet music, American artists and their publishers received no payment when orchestras performed their work in restaurants, ballrooms, and other public places. This was completely at odds with the situation in Europe and led to the establishment of ASCAP. Composer Raymond Hubbell , lawyer Nathan Burke , and publisher George...

Australian Society of Authors

Australian Society of Authors  

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Subject:
Literature
(ASA)was founded in 1963 to promote and protect the professional interests of creators of literary, dramatic or musical material, i.e. all those who in Australia or NZ write for ...
Society of Authors

Society of Authors  

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Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
An organization founded in 1884 by W. Besant to promote the business interests of authors and fight for their rights, especially in copyright. It conducted a successful 28‐year campaign for Public ...
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers  

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The first association of dramatic authors in France was founded in 1777 by Beaumarchais as a legislative instrument to define and defend the creative and proprietary rights of dramatic writers. ...
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers  

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Overview Page
Subject:
Music
Founded 1914 to protect copyrights, perf. rights, etc. Headquarters in NY.
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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
6,242 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...our period? The number and variety of authors who embarked on the journey into print was remarkable. Aristocrats who wanted to publish their poems and obsessions, clerics bent on controversy and preferment, women poets, essayists, and novelists from every rank of society, and persons of ‘low means’ all succeeded in reaching the reading public. How did such a heterogeneous body of authors find their way into print? The crucial vehicle was the periodical press. Any aspiring author seeking fame, fortune, or just the pleasure of seeing their words in print could...

The Antiquarian Tradition

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David Hey

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
4,837 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...Record Society in 1888 ; the Index Library of the British Record Society began immediate publication with a calendar of Northamptonshire and Rutland wills, and in the following year with the first of many volumes relating to the records in the Public Record Office. The Rolls Series, the Camden Society , the Hakluyt Society , the Harleian Society , the Pipe Roll Society , the Selden Society , and the Huguenot Society , together with the county record‐publishing societies, printed large collections of records during these years, many of them of great...

Scottish Local and Family History

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David moody

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
5,622 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...and of folk ways in particular since the 1950s, when few historians acknowledged their importance. The Society of Antiquaries’ own museum, the National Museum of Antiquities (now subsumed under the National Museums of Scotland), has played a leading role in the ethnological tradition, latterly under the leadership of James Fenton, author of several works on farming ways. Another legacy is the Museum's Scottish Ethnological Archive in Edinburgh. The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland have appeared annually since Victorian times and...

Local and Regional History: Modern Approaches

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David Hey

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
4,365 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...together with localized patterns of †surnames, revealed by an analysis of UK telephone directories and electoral registers , show that Britain is still composed of numerous local societies with marked individual characteristics. Many of these are of ancient origin, though, of course, they have never been static. In Victorian times their identity was much stronger than it is now; it was even stronger before the coming of the railways provided cheap transport to other parts of the land. The boundaries of local societies can be drawn around the districts...

20b The History of the Book in Britain, 1801–1914

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
5,058 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Illustration(s):
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...with his publishers that Patten has recorded. Most authors had to be content with a modest one-off payment for the copyright, so that if their work became popular it was the publisher who benefited. The usual alternative method of payment, a system of *half-profits , was equally unsatisfactory for authors. There were numerous instances of unfair accounting practices by publishers that occasioned vociferous objections, both from individual writers and from the *Society of Authors . The system of paying a percentage *royalty , popular in the US, was...

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