Would developers still develop software if they weren't paid?

A lot of people pirate software such as programs for computers or applications for smartphones, and it really bothers me since I'm currently becoming a Computer Scientist. None the less, some of those persons believe strongly that, developers would perform the same if they weren't paid. The reason for this is because, open source software is developed by developers who do not get paid, and the software is released free for people to use and change. Closed source software is made by companies who sell their software, do not share their code, and the developers get paid for it. What is your belief or opinion about it? Do you think software or applications would perform the same, or have the same quality if developers don't get paid? Do you think developers would still go to universities to obtain bachelors and learn how to create quality programs, if they knew they wouldn't get anything from it? And more importantly, why are people thinking that way? Programming is not just matter of picking up a few books and working on a computer for a few hours. It takes teams of thousands of people, depending on the size of the program. Even for a small iPhone application, it still takes more than one person to develop it, and countless hours to develop a stable program. When i said "The reason for this is because" I meant, "The reason why these people think like that is." I do not agree at all that open source is in any way better developed.

Asked By: Sushy™ - 9/3/2012
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Your initial premise is flawed. Things are not as clear cut is you imagine... More
Answered By: Duncan - 9/3/2012
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Of course, there's free software everywhere on the internet. There just wouldnt be as much software
Answered By: Sarg - 9/4/2012
>Would developers still develop software if they weren't paid... More
Answered By: green meklar - 9/4/2012
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