The Business Software Alliance (BSA) says that 47 percent of the software installed in personal computers in Estonia is not street-legal, which is on the low side if Estonia is compared to Central and Eastern Europe but high for the EU.
The figure was 1 percent less than in 2011 and the value of the unlicensed software is 14.7 million euros. That's out of a total 62.7 billion euros worldwide.
"Estonian enterprises do not usually deal with software admin so they have no idea what is going on in their computers. Users of unlicensed software are putting themselves at great hazard both economically and financially,“ said BSA's Estonian representative, the lawyer Kaido Uduste.
Estonia is no outlier: only 35 percent of companies worldwide have established rules that require licensed software to be used.
The findings of a global BSA report revealed that the share of software installed into computers without local licenses increased in 2013 by one percentage point, to 43 percent.
In Central and Eastern Europe, the share of unlicensed software was 61 percent. In the EU as a whole, the figure was 31 percent, down from 33 percent.