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Beyonce FOIA Determination

Beyonce FOIA Determination

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Beyonce FOIA Determination
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Published by: Judicial Watch, Inc. on May 03, 2013
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DEPARTMENT
OF
THE
NAVY
HEADQUARTERS
UNITEDSTATES
MARIN
E
CORPS
3000
MARINE
CORPS
PENTAGON
WASHINGTON,
DC
20350
-
3000
SENT
VIA
EMAIL
TO:INFO@JUDICIALWATCH.ORG
MR
MICHAEL BEKESHA425 THIRD
ST SW
SUITE800WASHINGTON
DC
20024Dear Mr.Bekesha:5720ARSF-FApril 30, 2013SUBJECT: YOUR FREEDOM
OF
INFORMATION ACT(FOIA)REQUEST, FILENUMBER USMC-HQ2013F020207Thisresponds toyourJanuary30,2013,FOIA requestseeking rec
or
dsandrecordingsin reference to the2013Presidential Inaugurationceremony
of
Beyonce Knowles-Carter,Kelly Clarkson, andJamesTaylor. Your requestwasreceivedonJanuary31
,2
013, andcontrolledunderfilenumber
USMC-HQ 2013F020207.
We
initiated asearch
of
the filesmaintained by the MarineBand, whichidentified 172 pages and onemusic track
as
responsive toyourreques
t.
Upon review,we have determined thatthedocuments arereleasableandhave encloseda copy withthisletter. Youwill seethatsomeinformation has beenredacted.Specifically,names,telephone numbers,emailaddress,and otherpersonal data have been withheld pursuant
to
FOIAexemption(b)(6),which prohibits disclosure
of
personal informationwhen anindividual's privacy interest in itoutweighs anypublic interes
t.
Inaddition, portions
of
thedocument thatcontain pre-decisional advice orrecommendationshave beenwithheld pursuanttoFOIA exemption(b)(5), whichprotectssuch information
as
part
of
the deliberative process.Thepurposefor withholding suchrecommendationsis
to
encouragethefreeandcandid exchange
of
opinions and adviceduring the decision-making process.The music track is too large tosend via email,sowe havemadeitpublicly available on the Headquarters,MarineCorps,FOIA Reading room. Thewebsitelink is http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Agencies/USM
CF
OIA/USMCFOIAFreguentlyReguestedRecords/ 20 13
Pr
esidentiallnaugurationCeremony.aspx. Pleasebeadvisedthat therecorded
sound
of
the Marine Band isin thepublicdomain and as suchisprovided per the FOIA request. However, the musicalselections still may have copyright encumbrances attachedto them.
It
istherequester's responsibilityto give all necessary notices,acquire all copyrightclearances, and payall requiredfeesfor any use
of
copyrighted music.Everymusictitleshould
be
researched.
We
cannot relieve anyone
of
theirresponsibility toobtainlicensesorpermission from thevarious copyrightholdersand/or music publishersinvolved.Neither the Marine Corpsnorthe Marine Bandaccepts anyresponsibility for any use
of
Marine Bandsoundotherthanour owndistribution.
 
5720ARSF-F2April 30, 2013Ms. Knowles-Carter's,Ms. Clarkson's,and Mr. Tayl
or's
vocal
s/
music do not belong tothe Marine Corps.Plea
se
note that Mr. Taylor didnot require anysupportfrom the Marine band, sowedo nothave anymusictracks responsiveto yourrequest.For musicalrecordings by Ms. Knowles-Carter, pleasesend
yo
ur
requestdirectlyto Mr.JordanW. Siev, Esq.,ReedS.mith
LLP,
599 LexingtonAvenue,
New
York,New York 10022. You maycontact Mr. Siev by email: jsiev@reedsmith.com; office phone:(212) 205-6085; cellphone:(917)371-6206; or fax:(212) 521-5450.For
mu
sical recordings
by
Ms. Clarkson,please send your request via emailtoMr. JasonHalbert(Music
Dir
ector) atjaso
nh
albert@mac.com. Wehave categorized you as an"otherrequester"forthepurpose
of
assessing FOIAprocessingfees.Assuch, youare entitled totwo hours
of
searchtimeand100 pages
of
duplicationfree
of
chargebutareresponsibleforthepayment
of
any fees beyondthat.In thisinstance, the applicable fees didn
ot
exceed your free entitlementsothereis no charge for processing this request.Questionsconcerningthisactionshouldbe directedtoMs. Barbara Gonzalez
of
my staffat (571) 256-8636
or
(703)614-4008, or v
ia
email tosmb.hgmc.foia@usmc.milorfaxat(703) 614-6287. Pleasereference thefilenumber inthe subject line above. Finally, pleasenotethatI
am
the officialresponsibleforthisdetermination. Shouldyou have questionsor concerns, youmaycontactmeat(703)614-4008. Sincerely,S.
A.
HUGHESHead,FOIA/PA SectionEnclosures
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