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February 15, 2003

DoD's FOIA Video Not Available Under FOIA

'Defense Department won't release FOIA video' (2/13/03 - Bradenton [FL] Herald)

The Defense Department has produced a training video that instructs its staff on how to handle requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act. But the DoD refuses to release the video under FOIA itself, supposedly because of copyright concerns. They say the 22-minute video can't be released because it contains excerpts from television newscasts and movies, including Casablanca, that cannot be shown without permission from their owners, said Henry McIntyre, Freedom of Information Act director for the DoD.

According to a description of the video published on the scriptwriter's web site, the training video follows a character named Trench Coat as he guides the viewer through the ins and outs of a handling freedom of information requests.

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