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(Russian, literally "self publishing") The process of disseminating documentation via underground channels. Originally referred to photocopy duplication and distribution of banned books in the former Soviet Union; now refers by obvious extension to any less-than-official promulgation of textual material, especially rare, obsolete, or never-formally-published computer documentation. Samizdat is obviously much easier when one has access to high-bandwidth networks and high-quality laser printers.

Strictly, "samizdat" only applies to distribution of needed documents that are otherwise unavailable, and not to duplication of material that is available for sale under copyright.

See Lions Book for a historical example.

See also: hacker ethic.
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While Ulitskaya's narrator periodically circles back to the respective biographies of Ilya, the photographer and samizdat entrepreneur; Mikha, the poet wannabe and ardent champion of the oppressed; and Sanya, the exceptional music scholar, the author's commitment to rendering history through lived experience means that she expands her cast quickly, most often by familial, collegial, or romantic association.
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(1) Samizdat was a key form of dissident activity across the Soviet bloc in which individuals reproduced censored publications by hand and passed these documents from reader to reader.
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