Can closed-source or proprietary projects use Launchpad?

Created by Brad Crittenden on on 2008-10-10
Keywords:
proprietary license commercial subscription
Last updated by:
William Grant on on 2012-09-08

Launchpad exists to support the development of Ubuntu and other projects in the open source community. Projects that are not open source can still use Launchpad, but we charge a fee to help offset operational expenses.

To freely use Launchpad, projects must license their code with one of the licenses we pre-approve (shown when you create your project) or with a license that fits the guidelines specified at https://help.launchpad.net/Legal/ProjectLicensing.

(See https://answers.launchpad.net/launchpad/+faq/585 for exactly how we define "project".)

If your project has an open-source license which is not pre-approved, then select 'Other/Open Source' and fully describe the license in the information box when you create your project or on the 'Change Details' page. Providing a link to the license is quite helpful. Launchpad staff will review the license you've used and contact you if there are problems.

(Please note that not all Creative Commons licenses qualify as open source. In particular, their "Sampling/Mashup", "No Derivatives", and "Non-Commercial" licenses are not open source. However, just using the "Share-Alike" condition is still open source.)

Projects that are not open source may use Launchpad if they purchase a commercial use subscription. These subscriptions cost US$250/year/project + applicable V.A.T. To purchase a commercial subscription select 'Other/Proprietary' as the project license and follow the directions that will appear on your project's overview page.

A commercial-use subscription allows you to host your commercial project on Launchpad in the same manner as any other project, optionally with private bugs, code branches, teams, mailing lists, and PPAs. Any open source project may also purchase a subscription to enable these commercial-only features: http://shop.canonical.com/product_info.php?products_id=230

If you have questions, please send email to commercial@launchpad.net.