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Sonic Solutions and Microsoft Announce Licensing Agreement on DVD Authoring Technology

(January 09, 2002)
Microsoft Corp. and Sonic
Solutions announced that Microsoft has licensed Sonic's DVD-Video-authoring technology. Under the
terms of the multiyear agreement, Sonic will provide core technology and development expertise to
Microsoft. The companies will also cooperate in a number of ways in marketing, customer education, and
standards development for their DVD-related products.
This agreement will cover technologies that Sonic has developed, including Sonic AuthorScript®, the
underlying technology behind Sonic's DVD-authoring applications that has become the
Hollywood standard to create DVD titles which provide the performance and player compatibility.

Introduced in 1997, DVD-Video is the most successful new consumer entertainment format ever, surpassing
by a wide margin the adoption rates of the audio compact disc and VCR. By the end of 2002, more than 50
percent of all U.S. homes will have DVD players or DVD PCs, according to Adams Media Research.


About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet
technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and
services designed to empower people through great software any time, any place and on any device.

About Sonic Solutions
Based in Marin County, California, Sonic (http://www.sonic.com) is the manufacturer of
solutions for DVD creation. Sonic MyDVD (http://www.mydvd3.com) is the first DVD authoring application for consumers, and is the DVD solution among DVD recorder and PC manufacturers. Sonic DVDit! ®
(http://www.dvdit.com) is the DVD authoring application for videographers and corporate video
producers.

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