On choosealicense.com, there's a section that says:

Any open source software license or open license for media (see above) is applicable to software documentation

This implies that the MIT license is suitable for documentation. However, I find it weird that a software license would be applicable to documentation. The MIT license explicitely talks about software. The only part where the documentation appears is on what triggers the license obligations.

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While re-reading the license again and again, I noticed the slight wording difference that makes it suitable.

this software and associated documentation files (the "Software")

So when software is spelled with a capitalized "S", it means: software + documentation. And that's the capitalized version that is used in all the rest of the document:

rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software

So yes, the license applies to the documentation too.

  • documentation files include Bug (issue) Database?
    – Pacerier
    Oct 29, 2023 at 17:22

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