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Royalty Fact: Ernest Bourget, a composer in Paris in the late 1800s revolutionized the way composers are paid. His works were being played in the most fashionable café-concert at the time, Les Ambassadeurs. One night while eating dinner there, he refused to pay his bill since the restaurant was not paying him to use his music. He had the courts recognize these rights and founded revolutionary laws. The provisional union of authors, composers and publishers of music was thus established in 1850, and one year later, the professional union became a society [société civile] comprised of members – authors, composers and publishers who divided the author’s rights collected amongst the members in an equitable way, and this rule has been maintained to the present day. And so SACEM was founded, which is the first Performance Rights Society in the world.
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