I guess this is something that has probably been said a thousand times before, but,
If pirating stopped overnight, then surely open source would become the standard within months?
There's no way that pirates would suddenly start paying for software. And I mean NO WAY!
In a way, pirating is doing corporations a massive favour by indirectly stifling open source, yes?
Anyway, I love reading threads about this kind of topic, so I thought I should start to contribute :-)