Warner/Chappell Music Partners With India's Times Music

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Under the agreement, Warner/Chappell artists such as Eric Clapton, Beyonce, Led Zeppelin, Madonna and Radiohead will have their rights managed in India by Times Music.

NEW DELHI -- Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, and Times Music, the music and music IP-management business of media conglomerate The Times of India Group, have announced an exclusive licensing deal under which Times Music will represent Warner/Chappell’s catalog in India.

The agreement will see Times Music manage rights to Warner/Chappell's repertoire and drive publishing and sync deals on behalf of an array of classic songwriters, award winners and contemporary hitmakers.

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Top artists whose works will be looked after by Times Music include Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Eric Clapton, Green Day, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Muse, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Barry GibbStephen Sondheim, Timbaland and Wayne Hector.

"India has a vibrant and exciting music market that is well-positioned to develop and flourish in the coming years," Warner/Chappell chairman and CEO Cameron Strang said. "This deal further strengthens our global footprint and ensures we have a partner who will help us deliver dynamic and comprehensive services."


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Added Times Music COO Mandar Thakur, "This partnership will be a further boost to music publishing following a recent update to the Copyright Act, and we have exciting plans to ensure that Warner/Chappell's legendary catalog reaches its full potential in India."

Last year, in a major victory for songwriters, composers and musicians in the Indian film industry, revised amendments to the Copyright Act gave them better ownership control of their works. The long-debated amendments, for which the late Robin Gibb had campaigned, award copyright ownership to artists, replacing the work-for-hire system whereby film producers had that right.