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Digimarc Expands African Presence with Win in Ghana; Ghana to Adopt Industry Leading Digimarc Secure ID Products Under New $3.5 Million Contract.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ:DMRC) today announced a new $3.5 million contract award under which the Company will deliver market-leading products enabling Ghana to provide to its citizens a convenient, durable and secure credit card-sized digital driver license via a modern secure enrollment system.

Over the coming months, Digimarc will work with its local partner in the country and the Ghana Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to implement the country's first digital driver license system. The new license will replace Ghana's current paper-based, passport-sized license.

Ghana's new system will be based on a number of Digimarc secure ID products, including:

--The Digimarc Camera Tower and Digimarc Capture Software, providing the industry's most durable and easy-to-use hardware and highest quality portrait images for card production, renewals and fraud investigation at the lowest cost of ownership.

--Digimarc's proprietary centralized card production and driver license enrollment solution, which will allow for gathering enrollment data around the country to feed centralized production in the capitol city of Accra.

--Advanced driver license design and security features, including Digimarc(R) IDMarc(TM) digital watermarking -- making Ghana the first African driver license issuer to adopt machine-readable digital watermarks for post-issuance ID authentication.

"The Ghana DVLA is embracing industry-leading solutions in upgrading its driver license system. We are pleased to be working with the DVLA to bring proven products and expert secure ID solution skills to Ghana and the African continent," said J. Scott Carr, executive vice president, Digimarc. "By partnering with impressive local technical resources in country and expanding our services to the government, we are able to build from our successful collaboration on the Ghana voter ID program, to help ensure Ghana's smooth transition to a very advanced, high quality digital driver license system."

Digimarc believes that Africa will continue to provide new opportunities to bid on identity document programs, and that Digimarc, which was a supplier for Ghana's voter ID program, as well as for other voter IDs, national IDs and driver license systems in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Egypt and Namibia, is well positioned to support such opportunities across the continent.

About Digimarc

Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ:DMRC), based in Beaverton, Oregon, is a leading supplier of secure identity and media management solutions. Digimarc provides products and services that enable the annual production of more than 60 million personal identification documents, including two-thirds of U.S. driver licenses and IDs for more than 20 countries. Digimarc's digital watermarking technology provides a persistent digital identity for various media content and is used to enhance the security of financial documents, identity documents and digital images, and support other media rights management applications.

Digimarc has an extensive intellectual property portfolio, with more than 260 issued U.S. patents with more than 5,000 claims, and more than 500 pending patent applications in digital watermarking, personal identification and related technologies. The Company is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, with other U.S. offices in Burlington, Massachusetts; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and the Washington D.C. area; and international offices in London and Mexico. Please go to www.digimarc.com for more company information.

Securities Safe Harbor

With the exception of historical information contained in this release, the matters described herein contain certain "forward-looking statements" that are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding the successful implementation of a new digital driver license system in Ghana, the expected increase in business opportunities in Africa, Digimarc's ability to successfully compete for such opportunities, and other statements containing the words "believes," "expects," "estimates," "anticipates," "will" or words of similar import or statements of management's opinion. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied from the statements herein or from historical results, due to changes in economic, business, competitive, technological and/or regulatory factors. More detailed information about risk factors that may affect actual results is set forth in filings by Digimarc with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, including but not limited to those described in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2006, in Part I, Item 2 thereof ("Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations") under the captions "Liquidity and Capital Resources" and "Factors Affecting Forward Looking Statements" and in Part I, Item 4 thereof ("Controls and Procedures"). Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date of this release. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements.
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