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Jeremy Miller12*, Torsten Dikow3, Donat Agosti45, Guido Sautter56, Terry Catapano57, Lyubomir Penev8, ZhiQiang Zhang9, Dean Pentcheff10, Richard Pyle11, Stan Blum12, Cynthia Parr13, Chris Freeland14, Tom Garnett15, Linda S Ford16, Burgert Muller17, Leo Smith18, Ginger Strader19, Teodor Georgiev8 and Laurence Bénichou20

Author Affiliations

1 Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Department of Terrestrial Zoology, Darwinweg 2, 2333 CR Leiden, The Netherlands

2 Department of Entomology, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA

3 Field Museum of Natural History, Biodiversity Synthesis Center, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605, USA

4 Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, New York, 10024, USA

5 Plazi, Zinggstrasse 16, Bern, Switzerland

6 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institut für Programmstrukturen und Datenorganisation, Am Fasanengarten 5, Karlsruhe, Germany

7 Columbia University, Libraries Digital Programs Division, New York, New York, USA

8 Pensoft, ZooKeys Editorial Office, Sofia, Bulgaria

9 New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research, 231 Morrin Road, Auckland, New Zealand

10 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Crustacea Section, Los Angeles, California, USA

11 Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Department of Natural Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

12 California Academy of Sciences, Center for Applied Biodiversity Informatics, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA

13 Encyclopedia of Life, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA

14 Missouri Botanical Garden, Biodiversity Heritage Library, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

15 National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Washington, DC, USA

16 Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

17 KwaZuluNatal Museum, Department of Natural Sciences, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

18 Field Museum of Natural History, Department of Zoology, Chicago, Illinois, USA

19 Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington, DC, USA

20 Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France

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BMC Biology 2012, 10:87  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-10-87

Published: 31 October 2012

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John Perry Barlow wrote song lyrics for the epically touring American rock band The Grateful Dead. The band was known for its eclectic mixture of musical styles, epic live improvisational episodes, and hordes of devoted fans that followed the musicians on tour. Among these fans were the 'tapers', who recorded more than 95% of the Grateful Dead's live shows. In contrast with typical expectations of behavior at live concerts, recording Grateful Dead shows by audience members was not considered inappropriate. On the contrary, it was allowed, even facilitated by the band and their sound crew. The band encouraged exchange and distribution of these tapes, as long as it was purely noncommercial. Inspired by this experience, Barlow went on to articulate an unconventional theory of the economy of information, and how the way we value information is almost diametrically opposed to the way we value physical goods. While the latter is driven by scarcity, information is more valuable when it is more accessible and usable. His argument is encapsulated in the following passages from an article entitled 'Selling Wine without Bottles: The Economy of Mind on the Global Net', which first appeared in Wired in 1993:

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