Let's try this slightly differently, with a different form of IP(law):
I say just put it into the public domain. Why in the world do you need to license software?? Ego sounds like the only reason to me. It's not like some company's going to swoop down and 'steal' your software.
Or, you can subsitute: art, music, etc...
As pointed out, you're wrong - some 'companies' (read: shyster publishers) have done this. And conceptually, it's all intellectual property.
The problem with this is that documentation for free-commerical distributions needs to be useable by those commerical distributions. And if that software is freely modifiable, and the documentation is not, then you have to either completely re-write the documentation (uggh), or send it out with only a documentation attachment (which would work better as a patch).
Part of the problem is that you'd like to bundle the documentation with the software - people like to get the whole package at once. And people will pay to get their hands on the software, even if it's free. And authors of documentation don't usually have lucrative day-jobs, or people who will pay them to write things given away for free. Because people don't value documentation like they value software.
You don't have to re-write documentation for use within a company. You don't need to have an on-hand author, to quickly bang out some documentation for your users, like you need a production programmer. Documentation a one-time expense.
So authors either want to make money (to pay bills), or they want to insure that other people don't make money from them (they have another job). I don't see a case where many authors are going to come out of the woodwork and allow their writings to be distributed in a way that other people will make money off of it.
We either need a bounty system (Red Hat, etc put up money for documentation), or make the people putting together the software write documentation (have you read some of that??).
Another idea, would be to just accept the fact that documentation is something you have to pay for seperately, or find on the net by yourself.
-- Ender, Duke_of_URL
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