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ABM forms strategic alliance with UK's PPA

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New York—American Business Media has formed an alliance with the Professional Publishers Association, a London-based association of business information and media companies, to enable members of each organization to access the other's markets. The ABM and the PPA will share metrics and research, co-market their events, and offer access to each other's resources and discounts on events. According to ABM President-CEO Clark Petit, that group is exploring similar partnerships elsewhere in Europe and in Asia. The new liaison also plans a joint lobbying relationship to promote their mutual interests with both the U.S. and U.K. governments. Particular areas of concern are restrictions on data collection, licensing and database use, as well as the easing of copyright laws, according to the ABM. The advocacy effort will include a “fairly significant expansion of the scope, resources and funding of the [ABM's] government affairs division,” Petit said in a statement, and include the hiring of full-time staff in Washington, D.C.
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