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US library exhibit explores rights of musicians

Wednesday - 2/12/2014, 3:38am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Library of Congress is opening a new exhibit about the work of protecting the intellectual property rights of musicians over the past 100 years, including a landmark Supreme Court decision.

On Thursday, the library will open "ASCAP: One Hundred Years and Beyond," about the work of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. It's on display through July 26 before traveling to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The exhibit includes 45 objects, including sheet music, photographs and music memorabilia. It includes composer Henry Mancini's original manuscript of "The Pink Panther" and original drafts and revisions of "The Way We Were" by Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

One highlight is a 1917 Supreme Court decision requiring a restaurant to pay musicians a fee for playing their music.


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