Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an exclusive licensing and royalties deal with Rock Music Publishing, the publishing affiliate of independent Taipei, Taiwan-based label Rock Records.

Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an exclusive licensing and royalties deal with Rock Music Publishing, the publishing affiliate of independent Taipei, Taiwan-based label Rock Records.

The deal, which takes effect from Sept. 1, will grant UMPG licensing and royalty collection rights to more than 5,000 titles from all Rock catalog and forthcoming releases worldwide, excluding the territories of Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.

“The talent (Rock) have nurtured and the hits they have created over the decades are remarkable,” comments Tony Yapp, regional director of Universal Music Publishing Southeast Asia, in a statement. “With our expertise, such fine work will attain the strong global positioning it deserves."

The publishing deal follows an agreement signed between Rock and Universal Music Southeast Asia in July 2003 whereby Universal handles sales and distribution of Rock product.