Stryder: are you saying that "alive" is a value judgement on whether a thing is unique and fragile? It's an interesting definition: a thing is alive only if it is possible to destroy it in a way irreversible to human means, so that it is forever gone. So a copy of "Dark Side of the Moon" is not alive, but if the entire collection of information that relates to "Dark Side of the Moon" is alive by this definition. If all copies of the recording were destroyed, and everyone who ever knew about the album were somehow made to forget about it, then the album would have "died", and was therefore previously alive. I don't think that this is a complete description of being alive, but it's an interesting idea nonetheless.