Global indie music rights agency Merlin has signed a worldwide licensing deal with online music video platform Audiotube.

Billed as the "home of independent music," Audiotube underwent a re-launch in September this year and recently inked a deal with mobile phone manufacturer Nokia, which will see the digital platform become the choice music video application on Nokia handsets.

Audiotube's deal with Merlin covers approx 8,000 music videos, founder partner Scott deMercado tells Billboard.biz. Island Records founder Chris Blackwell is also a founder partner in the London-based company.

In a statement, Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said: "We are genuinely excited at the launch of Audiotube as a key new player in the audiovisual space."

Following the addition of Merlin's catalog to the service, Caldas predicted that Audiotube would become "a major destination for lovers of the quality music produced by the most innovative and vital sector in the music industry."