Talk:History of Benin
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Hi, Anybody else out there have any interest in Beninesse History? Anybody else even know that Benin does have a history?
What do you think about breaking the link between Benin History and Dahomey? Dahomey is both the old name of the modern country of Benin and the name of a very significant historic African Kingdom.
Site the text has moved back here, I'll repeat my question from Talk:Kingdom of Dahomey:
Text is a duplicate of http://www.concentric.net/~Jeffnaus/kings.htm -- so far so good, if user:Jeffnaus is the same person who runs that site! I notice though, that at that site there's a note "Text mostly taken from a document by Tony Huchinson." Who owns what here? Remember that we need to work within the bounds of copyright law for the Wikipedia project to succeed; see Wikipedia:Copyrights. --Brion 11:53 Aug 16, 2002 (PDT)
Sorry about moving the pages around, I'm new to this.
Yes, I'm the same person who has the mentioned site. Now, Tony Huchinson was the director of the American Cultural Center in Cotonou, Benin. He wrote a few documents about the history of Benin and Vodun. When he left Benin (before I arrived) he passed them on to the incoming director and asked that they be put to good use. That Director passed them on to me. I've tried to track Tony down, but have not made contact with him (I think he's left the Foriegn Service). There is no copyright that I am aware of on his original work. I consider them to be public domain. It's my impression that he wanted them to be read and used where possible. What is on my site is edited from two diffrent documents I have of his, mixed with some facts I've picked up elsewhere (mueseum brochures and such).
IANAL: That's not the way copyright law work's in the US (this is where the server is so US law is King). A work is automatically copyrighted upon creation by a person and there is no need to register the work (which was required before) or to publish it (also a previous requirement) or even to place a copyright notice on it. The only way for something to enter in the public domain is for the author and/or owner of the work expressly place it into the public domain or if a certain time period has elapsed since the works creation. Tony Huchinson needs to give you clear permission to use this work under either; no copyright (public domain) or the GNU FDL (or compatible open content license). With that said, if you really think it was Mr. Huchinson's intention for his work to be used in this way then go ahead and restore the article. I at least will not mount any further protests. If you do resore it though, please copy the URL of the original in the edit summary field and say something to the effect; "used with the consent of copyright holder". Also, if you could, please do this with the other articles you have pasted over. --mav
You have gotten it all wrong. The Benin empire emerged from a goup of settlements around two rivers in present day Edo state in Nigeria about 2000 years ago was ruled first by a group of five state elders called the edionisen then came the Ogiso dynasty of which there were 31 kings then called Ogiso (sky kings) Then it was ruled by the Oba dynasty of wich there were till date 37 kings the present one being the Oba Erediauwa of Benin of which Ewuare was the 6th of this dynasty It is necesary to note that the Oba dynasty is of direct descent from the Ogiso dynasty thus making the Benin monarchy one of the oldest dynasties around. The Benin were an all conquering nation and overpowered the people of Dahomey such that the extent of its size went as far as some parts of present day Ghana. for more detailed info firstname.lastname@example.org —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs) 19:29, 25 July 2004.
I've broken the article up, and added some information about administration post-colonialisation- but its probably quite a symplistic version of events. At least it has a better framework now--nixie 07:14, 17 Oct 2004 (UTC)
The article contains an obscenity after mentioning the 2001 election, at the end of the section on Post-Colonial Benin. The words "BITE ME" appear at the end of the paragraph. I did not see anywhere else to report the issue. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk • contribs) 05:06, 3 April 2006.
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