Software companies have to experience the most critical kind of competency that other fields do not normally know about as the price of materials for production prevents other market entities to plant another business, in front of them, where the product is given away without paying. If the gift even has a very interesting set of characteristics that makes users rapidly forget the paid option, the losses for that company are ensured, and for a long time! Losses could also signify people losing their legitimate works and having more than one issue thanks to it.
Some open source projects have millions of users, dozens of active developers and navigate in the state of the art with prosperity. It's also true that several closed source tools, and some very expensive, still present enough advantages to continue having a big user base. There are millions who enjoy coding as it has a point of addiction, so it's rare to not see open source projects of any kind which makes piracy inexcusable.
As an easy conclusion, the mentioned coexistence between open source and paid, closed software should promote useful consequences for users. If the open source alternative goes better, it forces businesses to advance and create more features because otherwise perhaps selling boats they would stay there! A final note for who still is here with us reminds the characteristic relationship with academic white papers and features, so in the other place there are more occasions in the greedy task of hiding valuable information and detain a wider view in a branch of research, so jeopardizing benefits.
It is clear that the number of beneficiaries augments with the keyword open, and collaboration as another obvious plus.