Norwegians shed their copyright pirate ways

Norwegians' illegal downloading of music has dropped by almost 80 percent in five years, show new figures from Ipsos MMI, with downloads of films and TV series both down by almost half.

Norwegians shed their copyright pirate ways
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In 2008, Norwegians downloaded around 1.2 billion songs through illegal file-sharing. By 2012, however, that number had shrunk to 210 million tunes, according to a new review by Ipsos MMI ordered by the copyright organization Norwaco. 

Last year, Norwegians also accessed about 65 million films (13 films per citizen) and 55 million TV series. The figures represent both illegal downloads and copying material from other consumers' hardware. 

Norwegian copyright expert Olav Torvund said the decline is likely linked to new streaming services such as Netflix and iTunes, while Wimp and Spotify could have help undercut music piracy. 

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