Sonic Foundry Receives Patent for Mediasite Webcasting Platform

MADISON, Wis., March 22, 2011 — (PRNewswire) — Sonic Foundry, Inc. (Nasdaq: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting, lecture capture and knowledge management, announced today the company has been granted its third patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its flagship Mediasite product line.

The patent, U.S. No. 7,913,156, entitled "Rich Media Event Production System and Method Including the Capturing, Indexing and Synchronizing of RGB-Based Graphic Content," strengthens the company's intellectual property position as it relates to Mediasite, the award-winning webcasting platform. Specifically, the patent further protects Sonic Foundry's market leadership position by recognizing Mediasite's unique ability to digitally capture RGB images during presentations via a video capture device, and allowing the images to be marked, synchronized and viewed both live and on-demand.

Claims allowed in the patent include specifying the types of devices used in the method of capturing and synchronizing the images, video and audio.  Additional claims were allowed for the processing of the images to enhance the quality and analysis capability of text in the image.

"The patent supports the innovations that are central to the overwhelming success of our market-leading rich media streaming platform," said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. "As we continue to help knowledge workers around the world enhance their education and training delivered over the Internet, this patent will provide important ongoing support and protection of our research and development initiatives."

Since 2003, Sonic Foundry's lecture capture platform and webcasting services have set the standard for delivering exceptional instruction and sharing knowledge online. Trusted by corporations, government agencies and more than 800 educational institutions worldwide, Sonic Foundry has been recognized by industry analyst Frost & Sullivan with the Global Market Share Leadership Award in Lecture Capture Solutions every year the firm has reported on the market; in  20102009 and  2007. The patented  Mediasite webcasting, lecture capture and knowledge management system automates the recording, delivery and management of multimedia presentations that combine video and accompanying visual aids for live or on-demand viewing.

About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.

Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, www.sonicfoundry.com) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Event Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.

Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry's products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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