Norwegian research company Ipsos has released a new report, which has found that digital piracy is on the decline. The report looked at the illegal downloading of music, movies and TV shows from 2008 to 2012, and found a significant decrease in activity.

According to the report, in 2008 around 1.2 billion songs were illegally shared but by 2012 that number was down to 210 million. The report also found that in 2008 125 million movies and 135 million TV shows were copied without permission. Those figures had dropped to 65 million movies and 55 million TV shows by 2012.

The report suggests that this decline is not about stricter laws against piracy, but is a result of media companies offering consumers affordable ways to pay for content. For instance, the report found that 47% of respondents, about 1.7 million people, use music streaming services like Spotify and Wimp. Remarkably, 54% of these people are premium members, paying for ad-free access. (Via TorrentFreak).