Originally Posted by mr ploppy
Well there's lots of free apps on Android, so free obviously isn't a barrier to commerce. But if all the money spent on chasing downloaders was spent on chasing first uploaders instead I doubt there would be anywhere near as much pirate stuff for you to download.
Yes there are, but they're often monetising in other ways. Via sponsership/advertising, via DLC with in-app purchasing.
Whilst we do get totally free software, in most cases also released as open source, it's a huge leap to assume without copyright we'd still enjoy the same levels of entertainment.
We may get the odd free fan film/indie film, but we wouldn't get any more traditional movies imo. Unless financing and profit could occur prior to the movies release. Same with books, we get free books, but they're often as a means to market further books from the author.