PopArabia signs deal with Warner Chappell

Company secures management rights with Warner Chappell Music Publishing catalogue
Hussain Yoosuf (A.K.A. 'Spek'), founder and board director of PopArabia.
Hussain Yoosuf (A.K.A. 'Spek'), founder and board director of PopArabia.


PopArabia, a music publisher and rights consultancy serving the Middle East, now represents the four major music publishers, having recently secured a deal with Warner/Chappell Music Publishing.

The Warner/Chappell arrangement follows previous deals with Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, that allow PopArabia - twofour54 portfolio company - to promote and enable legitimate and legal use of their music in the region.

PopArabia's founder, Hussain Yoosuf (A.K.A. 'Spek') commented: “As a young songwriter, who had just moved from Canada to the UK in 1997, Warner Chappell signed me and helped me to develop my career in this industry. It was a life-defining chapter in my career, so it feels like I’ve come full circle to see PopArabia sign this deal with a view to similarly supporting other songwriters in one of the fastest growing markets in the world."

Yassine Watson-Bedaisi, managing director of PopArabia, added: “Our partnership with the major international music publishing companies gives us exclusive management rights to millions of song titles. We license music used in TV commercials, online advertising campaigns, documentaries, TV series, feature films and other mediums to ensure payments are made for the legal use of music.”

“Although copyright laws exist in the UAE," continued Watson-Bedaisi, "music makers currently struggle to receive compensation when their music is used and this is where we come into play. We are advocates for respect of music rights and the support we receive from twofour54 puts us in a better position to achieve our goal."

Currently, music makers and publishing companies face difficulties in establishing revenue streams when their music is used in the UAE. Music is being used for free in some industries without regard to copyright even though, under the 2002 UAE law, copyright infringement is punishable by a minimum fine of Dhs10,000 and two months in prison for each infringement.

PopArabia represents contemporary chart hits of all genres, styles, languages and eras. It connects the dots between those in the MENA region seeking access to the world's finest music and international music stakeholders seeking opportunities in the Arab world. PopArabia also acts as consultants to digital services, rights organisations, content owners and platforms seeking to simplify music rights licensing in the region.

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