[Taxacom] another ebay auction of naming rights

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 14:05:27 CDT 2015


It may be no different in theory, but perhaps the danger is that
perceptions and government regulations in the present may see things
differently?

John Grehan

On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 3:02 PM, Fred Schueler <bckcdb at istar.ca> wrote:

> On 10/21/2015 2:32 PM, Doug Yanega wrote:
>
> Every package of specimens I mail has a big label on it saying "NO
>> COMMERCIAL VALUE" - but that ceases to be true, at least in some
>> people's view, I'm sure, if they are used as the basis for an auction.
>>
>
> * how is this different from putting "NO COMMERCIAL VALUE" on specimens
> back in the day when museums paid collectors for specimens? I know that
> payment for specimens is an extinct practice, but we did put "NO COMMERCIAL
> VALUE" on the shipments, because the specimens' value was scientific
> (contributing to knowledge) rather than commercial (contributing to fiscal
> gain motivated by the desire for fiscal gain), even though we might have
> been being paid for the shipment. It seems to me that auctioning names
> (however creepy this may be in other ways) is no more commercial a way of
> supporting research than applying for grants or crowd-sourced funding, and
> calling the auction a pollutingly commercial event suggests that paying
> taxonomists a salary also makes their work commercial.
>
> no idea what "ABS" means in this context, by the way,
>
> fred.
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