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5 Grateful Dead Studies 14


In 2019, the Duke Law and Technology Review published a special issue titled, "The Past and Future of the Internet: A Symposium for John Perry Barlow." This essay examines the legal scholarship in the Barlow symposium and frames it in the interdisciplinary terms of Grateful Dead studies. Part I focuses on the two Barlow essays that formed the basis of the symposium. Part II connects issues raised by the Barlow symposium to Grateful Dead studies. The essay concludes that Barlow's legacy should inspire others to engage both the cultural and political paths with “groundless hope,” because protecting the “inexplicable pleasures of information itself” from enclosure by private and public actors requires collective action.

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