Real waives licence restrictions for Isocnz summit Webcast

RealNetworks has come up with a one-day complimentary licence which will greatly increase the number of people able to listen over the Internet to today's national summit on Internet governance. Isocnz had promised a live relay for those who could not attend or did not wish to pay the $75 fee, but struck a last-minute hitch with its original agent, Matcom, which wanted to make the broadcast in Windows Media format, rather than RealPlayer.

RealNetworks has come up with a one-day complimentary licence which will greatly increase the number of people able to listen over the Internet to today's national Summit on Internet governance.

The summit, which has been the subject of controversy since it was first announced by the Internet Society (Isocnz) is discussing new policies proposed by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Isocnz strongly opposes elements of the proposals and is seeking comment to take to ICANN's next meeting in Berlin.

Isocnz had promised a live relay for those who could not attend or did not wish to pay the $75 fee, but struck a last-minute hitch with its original agent, Matcom, which wanted to make the broadcast in Windows Media format, rather than RealPlayer.

Wellington corporate ISP Netlink stepped in, but it appeared that listenership would be limited to the company's 25-user licence. But manager Don Guthrie negotiated the open one-day licence with RealNetworks Australia/New Zealand on Wednesday.

The broadcast will be available via http://www.isocnz.org.nz/summit99.html

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