Music Industry Winning War Against Piracy, Claim the Latest Reports

Piracy dropped by 82.5 percent in the past four years, the latest research indicates.

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According to the latest research conducted by Norway's Ipsos MMI, music piracy has scored a severe drop of significant 82.5 percent over the past four years.

As the report indicates, the number of illegally acquired songs went down from 1.2 billion back in 2008 to just 210 million last year.

Movie and TV shows piracy figures only support such a claim, as the number of illegal downloads in the given areas was cut down in more than a half, sinking from 260 million to 120 million over the same period.

As Independent reports, piracy's decline is mostly attributed to the rise of legal download and streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix, with almost half of Norway's population now claiming to use such services.

"When you have a good legitimate offer, the people will use it," commented Olav Torvund, former law professor at the University of Oslo. "There is no excuse for illegal copying, but when you get an offer that does not cost too much and is easy to use, it is less interesting to download illegally."

According to the same source, Scandinavia is currently leading the revival of the global music industry, as Norway revenues are up 17 percent for the first half of the current year. A major portion of about two thirds of all income is accounted to streaming services.

In Denmark, a research found that 81 percent of those who previously admitted illegally downloading music now claim to have stopped once they gained access to legal streaming services.

24 comments sorted by best / new / date

    jesse.lapham.1
    I'd say that the drop in piracy (which I doubt is correct in the first place), is most likely because most people have pirated all the older media they wanted when they first began torrenting and now all that's left is what has been released recently
    fromzero
    That's an intersting theory. I agree but at first I was thinking that there was a lack of good music, movies and tv shows.
    metalchris87
    thats what happened to me. i already have all the video games and classic albums i always wanted. i haven't downloaded any music since last year. if theres anything new i just listen to it on youtube since my pc has a stereo hooked up to it.
    killergege
    82.5% reduction for the music ? I don't believe it. More than half for movies ? I don't know for the States, but here in France, the legal market sucks, it's almost impossible to find series or movies at an acceptable price. But if it's true, it's time for the music/movies industry & artists to stop complaining about piracy, and use that money to produce artists... And drop anti-consumer methods, my DVD's still have that awful unskippable video against piracy before the movie I want to watch.
    Eirien
    It's stupid innit, why force people who bought a DVD legitimately to watch an advert discouraging piracy? "Pirates" don't have to watch it... Also I'd like to know where they got the figures for this. If every illegal download was tracked wouldn't they have a much easier time fighting piracy?
    killergege
    I don't know if the Independent is serious but the linked article seems to mix a lot of different things. There are no explicit sources (you know something like a link to the study), this is bad journalism. The study seem serious. So GG Norway : you provide more legal services, it works, in France we punish pirates and it doesn't work .
    Lol Natures
    I used to download entire discographies of bands that I barely knew of. I'd listen to one song, decide that they suck, and delete it all. Now I check out a few songs on Spotify or Youtube first. That doesn't mean I buy more music now, I just download less.
    joeyreece
    I don't like how people think streaming services are good. People listen to smaller artists thinking that they're supporting them, when really it only works for the artists dominating in sales and those who really don't need any more money to make a living off music. If people continue thinking that their $30/free spotify subscription is going to support the artists they like, they're going to destroy the music scene again/more. I do use spotify sometimes, but the reality is it supports the bands I don't like enough to have a physical copy or permanent download of.
    maleathe
    If you have a connection to the internet, there is very little reason to download content anymore. It's cheaper and simpler to stream music (Pandora, Spotify, etc) than to download and sync with iPod. I rarely download anymore.
    thestatement
    Just buy the bands damn cds man. It's not that hard. and when your POS laptop dies on ya, you still got the cds msn
    l0ld4v3
    I've d/loaded over 300 GB of shit over the past 5 months. I ain't stopping.
    nicholsonisgod
    You better go make some donuts to distract the police officers that will be all over your house in a minute...
    vayle
    I still have a ton of bands I CANT get cd's from in the netherlands, and I want the real thing for money. else its just a bit of electronic data, besides, downloading is legal here yet I do support the artist I want the cd from. I DONT WANT TO support all the crap around it. when I buy a cd from power metal band Blind Guardian for lets say 10 euros, I want Blind Guardian to get the most of the money, and not the shop itself!
    knightgil
    You know, shops need money as well. That guy cleaning the toilets also gets money from the albums they sell. So the whole "I want the band to get all the money" thing is bullshit
    suicidehummer
    The janitor is only getting .01% of the money. I could care less if the record execs get their unfair share.
    wursty
    I haven't torrented in over a year, feels nice to have a physical copy of something and admire the artwork and read the notes inside the album instead of looking at a .jpeg
    desdin0va
    Yeah, renting the option to stream low-bitrate files from a service (as long as you're connected to the internet) (and as long as the song you want is still part of the streaming service's available catalog) is a totally equal alternative to having a high-quality copy of a song on your hard drive that you can play wherever and whenever you want on any device
    Smegal
    The problem is, their statistics is based on what they KNOW of. So with all due respect to their research another conclusion could be that it is just becoming harder to track illegal downloads since these services exist and thus not all high loads of traffic can be attributed to illegal downloads.