I am planning to create a GitHub repo containing a summary of commands to be used as a reference. Some of these commands with a combination of unique flags have been used in the source code of a GitHub project that uses GPL v3, which informed my repo. The command reference I am creating has some commands that are based on this repo. Can I still use GPL v3 even though my repo does not contain source code or is there a more relevant license for my case?

  • In such cases a CC is usually used. However nothing prevents you from using GPL for that.
    – kiler129
    Jun 23, 2021 at 22:33

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The GPL defines the term Source Code as "the preferred format for making changes". This means that if your repository just contains some documentation files in a readily editable format (text, markdown, OpenOffice, MS Word, etc.) then those files count as their own source format.

  • So does this mean that GPL v3 would be an appropriate license to use in my case?
    – synthesis
    Mar 4, 2021 at 11:38
  • @synthesis, yes. Mar 4, 2021 at 11:49

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