Documentation License

There’s been a discussion lately about licensing all the documentation on The task is to decide under which license we are publishing documentation.

Codex is under GPL v2 and a large part of out current documentation is copied from there. However, since then new Handbooks have been written on CLI is under MIT while REST API still has no license but its rep, @kadamwhite, is comfortable with GPL.

As GPL is more appropriate license for code we are considering multi-license for documentation. We definitely want to keep GPL in case we need to embed it in WordPress (software), as recommended by @matt. Another license could be more appropriate for documentation; e.g. GFDL or CC0 (under which is Stack Overflow).

While deciding on this matter, we have to answer these questions:

  • How is WordPress documentation used and how it can be used?
  • What are forms of docs distribution?
  • What are freedoms we want to ensure for docs users?
  • What are restrictions, if any, we want to pose on docs users?
  • Did I miss anything?

Please feel free to post your thoughts/questions in comments below. We need as many people involved as possible. Thank you.