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Report: Music piracy has been eliminated in Norway

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Feb 2015 22:35 User comments (20)

Report: Music piracy has been eliminated in Norway According to the latest IFPI report out of Norway, music piracy has been eliminated in the nation in just 5 short years.
In the countrywide survey, only 4 percent of Norwegians under the age of 30 said they use illegal file-sharing platforms to get their music, down from 80 percent in 2009. Only 1 percent of Norwegians admitted that unauthorized file sharing was their main or only source of acquiring music.

So what changed? Legal options. 75 percent of Norway's music industry income comes from streaming, including Spotify and Tidal, and 80 percent of those surveyed claim streaming is their main source of music now.

IFPI Norge MD Marte Thorsby noted: "We are now offering services that are both better and more user-friendly than illegal platforms... In [the past] five years, we have virtually eliminated illegal file sharing in the music industry."

"We have managed to reintroduce a healthy economy in music industry. We must simultaneously not forget that we are only in streaming's infancy, and that we will probably see major changes in the coming years. Younger audiences are using streaming services to the greatest extent. When older audiences [start] embracing these services we will probably see a somewhat different distribution of revenues. Hopefully this will also involve a better economy for several Norwegian artists and record companies."

While Norway is a small country (population 5 million), the news is great for an industry that tried for a decade to kill music piracy via means that did nothing but to alienate a young population of music fans. Cheap, legal services like Spotify have been a real "game-changer" in the fight against piracy but not so much in the industry's quest to grow profits.

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20 user comments

19.2.2015 1:37

And whats funny honestly do you think your country's population is going to tell you the truth that they are not illegally getting music nope they will just use a vpn you can't track and tell you to go to heck in a hand basket your numbers honestly don't mean jack because you asked people.

29.2.2015 8:43

Originally posted by megadunderhead:
And whats funny honestly do you think your country's population is going to tell you the truth that they are not illegally getting music nope they will just use a vpn you can't track and tell you to go to heck in a hand basket your numbers honestly don't mean jack because you asked people.
I personally haven't had any need whatsoever to pirate any music in ages. I pay happily for Spotify and it has all the bands/artists that I listen to. It is simply put, easier to use, than downloading MP3s off torrent sites. I'd have to sync the Mp3s to all my devices, etc etc... Too much hassle.

Now, wondering how long it'll take before the movie industry sees the light and drops exclusive streaming deals and lets all the players, Netflix included, to license "everything".

39.2.2015 10:40

Nothing like paying 2 cents a minute for streaming media......


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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49.2.2015 10:47

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Nothing like paying 2 cents a minute for streaming media......
€9.95 / mo. "My Year" @ Spotify shows for 2014:

96'237 minutes of playback during 2014. Of which 76% using mobile.

Sure, costs €120 / year .. With 1604 hours, that comes to €0.075 / hour. Kinda decent price, I think. I pay for the convenience and bit under 8 cents an hour is well worth my convenience :-)

59.2.2015 10:54

Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Nothing like paying 2 cents a minute for streaming media......
€9.95 / mo. "My Year" @ Spotify shows for 2014:

96'237 minutes of playback during 2014. Of which 76% using mobile.

Sure, costs €120 / year .. With 1604 hours, that comes to €0.075 / hour. Kinda decent price, I think. I pay for the convenience and bit under 8 cents an hour is well worth my convenience :-)
Lets just say wireless cellphone cost makes it impossible for me, I'd rather get a 800$ cellphone and a 64-128GB Micro SD card to put some of my 100GB of music on it.

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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69.2.2015 11:27

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Nothing like paying 2 cents a minute for streaming media......
€9.95 / mo. "My Year" @ Spotify shows for 2014:

96'237 minutes of playback during 2014. Of which 76% using mobile.

Sure, costs €120 / year .. With 1604 hours, that comes to €0.075 / hour. Kinda decent price, I think. I pay for the convenience and bit under 8 cents an hour is well worth my convenience :-)
Lets just say wireless cellphone cost makes it impossible for me, I'd rather get a 800$ cellphone and a 64-128GB Micro SD card to put some of my 100GB of music on it.
Ah. Here in Finland, all the data plans are unlimited, I pay €9.95/mo for unlimited, uncapped 3G data. Thus, streaming makes sense.

Plus, with Spotify, simply tick your favourite playlists as "available offline" and ... kinda solves the data problem, as it stores those on SD card.
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79.2.2015 11:30

Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Nothing like paying 2 cents a minute for streaming media......
€9.95 / mo. "My Year" @ Spotify shows for 2014:

96'237 minutes of playback during 2014. Of which 76% using mobile.

Sure, costs €120 / year .. With 1604 hours, that comes to €0.075 / hour. Kinda decent price, I think. I pay for the convenience and bit under 8 cents an hour is well worth my convenience :-)
Lets just say wireless cellphone cost makes it impossible for me, I'd rather get a 800$ cellphone and a 64-128GB Micro SD card to put some of my 100GB of music on it.
Ah. Here in Finland, all the data plans are unlimited, I pay €9.95/mo for unlimited, uncapped 3G data. Thus, streaming makes sense.

Plus, with Spotify, simply tick your favourite playlists as "available offline" and ... kinda solves the data problem, as it stores those on SD card.
There is no such thing as unlimited cell wireless in the states, they all have limits then they get to price gouge per MB/GB after the limit.

Also since I can not skip songs as much as I need to get to a song I like the streaming services can go screw themselfs....

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Feb 2015 @ 11:31

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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89.2.2015 11:31

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
There is no such thing as unlimited cell wireless in the states, they all have limits then they get to price gouge per MB/GB after the limit.
Time to send couple of angry emails to FCC then ;-)

99.2.2015 11:34

Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
There is no such thing as unlimited cell wireless in the states, they all have limits then they get to price gouge per MB/GB after the limit.
Time to send couple of angry emails to FCC then ;-)
That only works when they stop drinking big biz's yellow koolaid and remain sober long enough to open up a dialogue with the public...and even then they get to pick the subject....

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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109.2.2015 15:37

Sheeeet........When I want a song/album, I simply torrent. WAY MORE CONVENIENT AND FASTER! Cheaper, more accessible! Music is just begging to be downloaded for free......BEGGING...so I'm happy to oblige.


However.....I do buy some songs; ones that are impossible to find.
Otherwise, I download maybe 1 or 2 albums a year, unlike the schlomos on this and all other tech sites that rampantly pirate without EVER giving back.

I buy movies like crazy so my occasional download is not a concern to me because I'm not leeching like so many.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Feb 2015 @ 15:40

119.2.2015 18:55

Originally posted by hearme0:
Sheeeet ...Music is just BEGGING to be downloaded for free ...so I'm happy to oblige.

+1

I almost own all the most popular music since the 80's & some since the 50's & very few since 1917.
Also most of the Music videos since 2005 till today.

FYI:
There is around 250 to 300 most popular songs every year and as we go back into time are less and less by year.

So I don't bite the 20 Millions songs that this or that streamers have to offer, 'cos most of their music is unknown/garbage or their trashy -320kbps stream.

Streaming is out of my league !!!
When I want a song: I want it NOW !!!

I already pay for a least 50% of my music.
...and the other 50%, I pay for by converting (time) & storage it or carried with me to everywhere (Memory Cards, Flash Drives, CD-R, DVD-R, HDD, SSD, etc.) or going into concerts.

Just my $0.02
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Feb 2015 @ 19:16

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129.2.2015 21:43

With most new music sucking of course piracy will go down. People have what they want already and can care less what comes out in the future. Plus, like the article states you can stream it for free anyway.

1310.2.2015 13:46

Few people are real music lovers, just like video gamers, etc.

New music come every single day:
But very few song are good to hold & keep.

Right now I'm into burning mp4 music videos into DVD-R as HD (1080p &/or 720p) with a regular DVD burner &/or BR burner.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Feb 2015 @ 15:45

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1410.2.2015 20:34

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Nothing like paying 2 cents a minute for streaming media......
€9.95 / mo. "My Year" @ Spotify shows for 2014:

96'237 minutes of playback during 2014. Of which 76% using mobile.

Sure, costs €120 / year .. With 1604 hours, that comes to €0.075 / hour. Kinda decent price, I think. I pay for the convenience and bit under 8 cents an hour is well worth my convenience :-)
Lets just say wireless cellphone cost makes it impossible for me, I'd rather get a 800$ cellphone and a 64-128GB Micro SD card to put some of my 100GB of music on it.
Ah. Here in Finland, all the data plans are unlimited, I pay €9.95/mo for unlimited, uncapped 3G data. Thus, streaming makes sense.

Plus, with Spotify, simply tick your favourite playlists as "available offline" and ... kinda solves the data problem, as it stores those on SD card.
There is no such thing as unlimited cell wireless in the states, they all have limits then they get to price gouge per MB/GB after the limit.

Also since I can not skip songs as much as I need to get to a song I like the streaming services can go screw themselfs....

T-Mobile in the U.S. allows unlimited streaming of music, and it doesn't go against your data caps. I stream from Google Play Music quite often.

1510.2.2015 20:48

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Nothing like paying 2 cents a minute for streaming media......
€9.95 / mo. "My Year" @ Spotify shows for 2014:

96'237 minutes of playback during 2014. Of which 76% using mobile.

Sure, costs €120 / year .. With 1604 hours, that comes to €0.075 / hour. Kinda decent price, I think. I pay for the convenience and bit under 8 cents an hour is well worth my convenience :-)
Lets just say wireless cellphone cost makes it impossible for me, I'd rather get a 800$ cellphone and a 64-128GB Micro SD card to put some of my 100GB of music on it.
Ah. Here in Finland, all the data plans are unlimited, I pay €9.95/mo for unlimited, uncapped 3G data. Thus, streaming makes sense.

Plus, with Spotify, simply tick your favourite playlists as "available offline" and ... kinda solves the data problem, as it stores those on SD card.
There is no such thing as unlimited cell wireless in the states, they all have limits then they get to price gouge per MB/GB after the limit.

Also since I can not skip songs as much as I need to get to a song I like the streaming services can go screw themselfs....

T-Mobile in the U.S. allows unlimited streaming of music, and it doesn't go against your data caps. I stream from Google Play Music quite often.
T-mobile aint available out here, its either Verizon or AT&T......

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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1610.2.2015 20:58

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:

T-mobile aint available out here, its either Verizon or AT&T......
Only the big 2 available down in your bunker Zip? :p



1710.2.2015 21:02

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:

T-mobile aint available out here, its either Verizon or AT&T......
Only the big 2 available down in your bunker Zip? :p


Yup...right now I am on an old 10$ flip phone and on Verizon dolling out 16$ a month at 25cents a minute since I rarely use it but I sooooo want to get a smart phone a galaxy, AT&T is like that at 25$ a month for voice but you can have a smart phone, no more having a Itouch 3rd gen and a cell phone...whenever I have any money >< >>

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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1811.2.2015 6:22

even if the statistics were accurate (which I doubt) would it mean that people were buying more music? The elimination of piracy would simply mean that people would only keep the music they really like on their devices. Music that they might previously have dowloaded and archived to listen to occasionally will no longer be listened to. People might "want" to collect a million tracks but they will never pay for that many.
I know people who collected albums "back in the day" but as yet have not listened to more than a few of the tracks - they just like the "completeness" of their collection

1911.2.2015 15:36

Collections are not good to keep.
For me, is like burning a full Movie or eat a whole banana with the skin lol

I don't have the life time or prescience to waste my time on "the extra" garbage.

Just saying.

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2011.2.2015 19:04

Originally posted by ajsmsg78:
With most new music sucking of course piracy will go down. People have what they want already and can care less what comes out in the future. Plus, like the article states you can stream it for free anyway.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not use that excuse. Claiming "music sucks/movies suck/hollywood puts out crap" makes you and all others sound ignorant and uneducated enough to come up with another real and legit reason for downloading illicit stuff.

If it was that crappy, most wouldn't download ever but after ragging on the song(s), movie(s), etc like so many do, they then just go ahead and download the stuff anyway. Totally hypocritical

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