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Old 12 December 2008, 04:23   #1
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Suppressed Fred Fish disks

Specifically, #57, #80 and #88. These "suppressed/banned" disks seem to have fallen through the cracks, none of the Fish Disks sites nor abandonware sites have them :-(
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Old 12 December 2008, 05:55   #2
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why were they surpressed?

how subversive can 880k be?
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Old 12 December 2008, 06:00   #3
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According to

http://aminet.net/package/misc/fish/fish-0057

disk 57 was removed for copyright reasons and replaced with disk 97. Similar messages are on the aminet pages for disks 80 (replaced by disk 90) and 88 (replaced by disk 89).

The pages for fish disks 97, 90 and 89 give more information:

http://aminet.net/misc/fish/fish-0097.readme
http://aminet.net/misc/fish/fish-0090.readme
http://aminet.net/misc/fish/fish-0089.readme

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Old 16 December 2008, 04:58   #4
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That's a shame, it looks like these rare disks have now been lost forever.

Yet another bit of Amiga history gone, the Amiga dies a little more :-(
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Old 16 December 2008, 10:41   #5
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Did you try http://fish.back2roots.org/#FishDisks ??
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Old 16 December 2008, 11:02   #6
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The same situation over there, no disks.
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Old 16 December 2008, 13:27   #7
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We bought quite a lot of fish disks back then - I'll have to have a check to see if any of those missing ones are amongst them, though the disks are at my parents' place.

Does anyone know what was on the disks?
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Old 17 December 2008, 00:07   #8
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I have the 'Fred Fish Book - Disks F1 to F660' publication.

This is a fully desciptive booklet with sorted index. Copyright 1992 Pollysoft Books.

Unfortunately the entries for disks 57,80 and 88 read simply "WITHDRAWN".

[Edit] I also have an original CDPD Public Domain Collection Including Fred Fish disks 1 to 660 (Almathera), but the entries for disks 57, 80 and 88 read as follows:

Special Note:

Disks 57, 80, and 88 have been recalled by Fred Fish and are
therefore not included in this collection. If and when they are
reissued they will be added back into the collection.

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Old 18 December 2008, 01:44   #9
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Does anyone know what was on the disks?
From the readme files linked to by Redwood above:

Disk 57 'Ogre' subdirectory was replaced with 'sha' for Disk 97,

Disk 80 'tools' subdirectory was removed for Disk 90, and

Disk 88 'snap' subdirectory was removed for disk 89.

These would seem to be the only clues available about the material on these disks which had "questionable redistribution status".
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Old 18 December 2008, 08:47   #10
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Yeah, but that's not so helpful. Will have to find the fish catalogue disks I have, though I think they are at my parents' place too.
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Old 18 December 2008, 09:44   #11
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Ogre:
Short: A game that has been pulled from library
Architecture: m68k-amigaos
Source: Fish collection

This disk has been pulled from distribution because of possible copyright
and/or trademark infringements with copyrights and/or trademarks held by
Steve Jackson Games, of Austin Texas (the Ogre game). If you find a copy
in circulation, please notify the holder that it should be erased. A
replacement disk without the Ogre game has been reissued as disk 97.
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Old 21 December 2008, 06:59   #12
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Looks like they were suppressed too well...
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Old 05 June 2014, 08:26   #13
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Sorry for the five-and-a-half year bump, but for those who may be interested in this topic, I felt it was worth bumping based on finding a bit of additional information that would pretty much bring the whole situation almost full circle (full circle of course being finding copies of the actual disks). I may have found a source for disk 80 that includes the "tools" folder (although I don't know if the possible offending material within that folder was removed, as this source also has a disk 57 but without the "ogre" folder).

I was recently going through my old FrozenFish CD (ahh, good old KingFisher 1.x) and came across the entries for 57, 80, and 88 stating that they'd been removed. Since I'd remembered this from the old days but never quite knew why, I figured I'd go on a search for info. One of the results brought me to this thread. Further searching found the original Usenet posts to comp.sys.amiga where Fred recalled the disks. What better source for such information than right from the horse's mouth (or I guess in this case, the Fish's mouth? )

Here, Fred recalls disk 57 and explains in pretty good detail why.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fred Fish
For several weeks now there has been an ongoing discussion on
Usenet concerning the status of the "public domain Ogre" which
has been distributed over usenet a couple of times in the last
few years, and which was ported to the Amiga and posted to
usenet early this year.

It appears that this work infringes on copyrights and trademarks
held by Steve Jackson games of Austin Texas. Thanks to several
people who provided me with contact information for Mr. Jackson,
I was able to finally get in touch with him earlier today and
discuss the status of this material.

Based on that discussion I am recalling the disk number 57 from
my Amiga Freely Redistributable Software Library (aka "Fish Disks")
and asking all recipients who received the disk directly from me to
return it for replacement. The new disk will be disk 97, and
will be available in a few days.

If you received a disk number 57 from someone other than me you
should erase your disk and contact that source for replacement.
Please do not continue to propagate any disks numbered 57, and
in particular do not propagate a modified version of disk 57.
The disk with the remaining material is being reissued with a
new number to avoid confusion.
There was also a decent discussion of the issue that at least partially led to Fred investigating the issue and pulling the disk.

Disks 80 and 88 are a little more interesting. The same posting details both recalls.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fred Fish
I have just spoken with Martin Murray, president of Inovatronics,
11311 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 7, Dallas Texas, concerning the
contents of disk number 80 in my library of Amiga software.
It appears that some dastardly individual took a copy of a
commercial product of theirs, modified it to remove the
copyright messages, and then released this modified version
on one of the BBS's that I collected material from in the course
of organizing this disk. Naturally, we are both VERY concerned
about this, and the effect that it might have on the commercial
value of their product. The programs in question are in the
directory "Tools" on disk number 80.

[...]

[LATE NEWS FLASH --- When it rains it pours, as they say....]
Right after I wrote this file out but before I could post it, I
received a call from Gary Samad of Software Visions Inc., the
author of the excellent MicroFiche Filer program (he sent me
the demo copy which was released on disk number 88). It seems that
on the same disk that there is a program named "snap", which contains
binary code compiled from source code that was developed by someone
under contract to Software Visions. Gary has requested that the
"snap" program be removed from distribution, so all comments above
concerning disk number 80 and the directory "tools" apply equally
to disk number 88 and the "snap" directory. It hasn't been a fun
day folks....
Now, as far as the source I mentioned earlier. This site has almost all Fish disks in DMS format (although there are a few missing that weren't pulled by Fred, and unfortunately 88 is completely missing). The Contents link for disk 57 does not list the "ogre" folder, but it also doesn't list the "shm" folder that replaced it on disk 97, so no hope there. However, the Contents link for disk 80 does list the "tools" folder.

I was also doing some further reading, and it appears there were other issues with disks later on, but they were handled differently - instead of reissuing with a different number, Fred reissued the same disks with the problematic material (in this case, Tetris clones) removed and with an "a" added to the disk number.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fred Fish
This note is to inform the net that the following disks are being
recalled and should not be distributed until replacement disks are
available:
173, 221, 230, 238, 305, 324

Each of these disks contains a tetris clone which Spectrum Holobyte
believes to be infringement on their commercial product "Tetris".

[...]

I intend to deal with the recall of these disks slightly differently
than the previous disks which were recalled. In this case, I will
simply remove the contested material and reissue the disk with the
same number but a slightly different name. The name of disk 324 for
example will change from AmigaLibDisk324 to AmigaLibDisk324a to signify
a revised edition of the disk. The revised disks should be available
after this weekend.
I can verify that my FrozenFish CD does not contain the Tetris clones at issue, and at least from looking at the Contents for disks 173 and 221, those disk images do appear to contain the clones (well, disk 221 from the link has a folder called "Steinschlag", which Google translates as "rockfall", so I'm assuming it was a Tetris clone). Edit: The site does not have a copy of disk 238, however the other disks are present, and each has a folder that is missing on my CD (and for most of them, looking at the title is enough to guess that it's a Tetris clone, hell the one on disk 324 was outright called "Tetris").

So basically, of suppressed or reissued Fish disks, the only ones we really need to find, I think, are 57, 88, and 238. Not much change there, found one disk and discovered another one we'd need to find to have a historically complete Fish disk collection.

I also found an Amiga.org thread that claims there was a Star Trek TNG trivia game on disks 404 and 405 (first release), 506 and 507 (second release), and 538 (bugfix for second release) that was allegedly removed from Fred's CD compilations. I can only speak to FrozenFish Apr94, which contains all of these disks (and the site I linked to for Fish disks also has them), so I don't consider them pulled in the same sense, especially since many of the FF CDs are available online (in fact, the current CD image I'm using is downloaded because of the fact that my original disc is a little scratched). Just listing them here for completeness in case someone else has further information.

Edit: I just checked the DMS of disk 57, and even ran it through DiskSalv looking for deleted files. No dice.

Last edited by LocalH; 05 June 2014 at 09:26. Reason: adding info on further reissued disks
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Old 05 June 2014, 10:43   #14
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I can confirm that the banned tools are indeed contained on the disk #80 from the mentioned site, and Ogre is indeed not contained on the disk #57.
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I can also confirm that the "README.list57" file on the root of the disc does list Ogre. That's why I went the DiskSalv route, in case it was a disk on which someone had just deleted the Ogre folder.
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I love old threads that I missed first time around!

This withdrawn Tetris clone, could it be of interest to the EAB user who is searching for a lost tetris version? IIRC there is a thread about the search on EAB somewhere... I will dig it out.

Edit.
Akira was looking for the lost Teris http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?...ht=Lost+tetris
Not sure if he ever found it as it seems the thread is closed.
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