The use of illegal, unlicensed software is dropping over time, slowly but steadily, but still accounted for 44% of all installed software in 2017, according to data published by BSA ( a software alliance representing a number of the world’s largest software makers).
Despite the continued decline in this figures, Cyprus ranks second in users of unlicensed software in Europe, with 44%, after Greece with 61%. Cyprus exceeds by far the average of EU countries which is 28%, as well as the global average which is 37%.
At the same time, however, the use of unlicensed software dropped one percentage point compared to 2015. It stood at 47% in 2013, according to previous BSA surveys. The commercial value of unlicensed software in Cyprus is $14 million, $5 million less than its commercial value for the period of 2010-2015.