Greek enterprises paid around 1.5 million euros last year in compensations for using non-licensed software programs, Business Software Alliance (BSA) said on Tuesday. BSA, a body representing the global commercial software industry, has established activities in 80 countries and its efforts have resulted to a 58 pct decline in software piracy in Greece, with the country ranking third in the European Union.

BSA’s report showed that several businessmen ignored the risks of using illegal software programs, often believing it was a cheaper way to do their job and stressed that this view was wrong, as enterprises had to pay double the money to replacing illegal software programs for authentic ones, along with legal compensations.

The cost of software piracy for enterprises in the region of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), surpassed 13 million euros last year, up 110 pct compared with 2009.