The Software Publishers Association (SPA) and the Information Industry Association (IIA) have announced they will merge at the beginning of next year.
The combined body, which will be called the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), will represent around 1,500 member companies, including Microsoft, Sun and Oracle.
According to SPA president Ken Wasch, who has been appointed SIIA president, the new association will focus on issues including policy development, government relations and anti-software piracy campaigns.
Wasch added that the combination of the two groups will, ?better reflect the shared concerns of both makers of today?s high tech and Internet infrastructure, as well as the developers of the content that is delivered via that infrastructure.?
He also said the group would lobby the US Government about online content and its underlying technology.
In addition, the SIIA will try to get more Year 2000 related legislation passed during the next sitting of the US government and also try to establish database protection legislation.
Final policy agendas have not be drawn up, but should be completed following the merger on 1 January, 1999.
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