Abstract.We define a one-parameter family of sigma-finite (finite on compact sets) measures in the space of distributions. These measures are equivalent to the laws of the classical gamma processes and invariant under an infinite-dimensional abelian group of certain positive multiplicators. This family of measures was first discovered by Gelfand-Graev-Vershik in the context of the representation theory of current groups; here we describe it in direct terms using some remarkable properties of the gamma processes. We show that the class of multiplicative measures coincides with the class of zero-stable measures which is introduced in the paper. We give also a new construction of the canonical representation of the current group SL(2,R)^X.