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PA looks to 'strengthen its voice'

PA looks to 'strengthen its voice'

 09 May 2014

 The Bookseller - Sarah Shaffi

The Publishers Association can “strengthen its voice and extend its reach” in the coming year, new president Dominic Knight has said.

Speaking at the PA’s AGM yesterday (8th May) Knight, chairman of Palgrave Macmillan, said it was clear there was a “sense of the rising tide in the world economy that will benefit the industry”, making for a more optimistic future than in previous years.

He predicted the legislative and regulatory environment would continue to be a challenge and “copyright will dominate the agenda”.

Knight also said the PA needed to continue supporting members on infringement of copyright.

“We may be mild mannered in publishing but when it comes to piracy, walking the plank – there’s something to be said for it,” he added.

Knight took over the presidency of the PA from Nick Fowler of Elsevier, who said his year had seen “political debate on copyright and creativity come down finally on the side of rights’ holders”.

The PA elected Joanna Prior, m.d. of Penguin General, as its new vice-president.

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