From a paper by Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation.
The U.S. today is the world leader in trying to stamp out the unauthorized redistribustion of published works.
But the U.S. is not the first country to put a focus on this, the Soviet Union did so. If you look at the
various methods they used to stamp out Samizdat,
and they never completely succeeded, but they certainly
made it harder to get, and look at the methods they used:
- First of all, guards watching each copier to check what you were going to copy, to make sure you weren't going to do unauthorized copying.
- Second, harsh punishments, sending you to Siberia for years if you were caught doing unauthorized copying.
- Third, asking for informers. Asking people to rat on their neighbors and co-workers to the information police.
- Fourth, collective responsibility, putting certain people in the positions of being watchers and punishing them
if anyone they were responsible for was caught doing unauthorized copying.
- Fifth, a massive propaganda campaign.