John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), but knows nothing about the free market or how economies work.
Barlow was Stephen's guest on the March 26, 2007 edition of The Colbert Report.
The EFF asked a federal court to protect the rights of MoveOn.org Civic Action and Brave New Films after their copyright-infringing send-up of The Colbert Report was removed from The YouTube following a legitimate complaint from Stephen's owners Viacom.
The video, called "Stop the Falsiness," was created by MoveOn and Brave New Films as a typical left-wing commentary on Colbert and plays up MoveOn's own reputation for political activism. The short film, uploaded to The YouTube in August 2006, includes clips from The Colbert Report as well as "interviews" about Stephen Colbert.
Barlow consistently claimed that the video was an act of free speech and a fair use of Colbert Report clips, until Stephen finally had to cut him off.