Canadians between the ages of 12 and 17 are increasingly paying for music downloads, a new survey said from market research company Ipsos Reid. “Fewer are pirating music for free,” the firm said in a release Tuesday. Ipsos said that, according to its research, 76 per cent of Canadian teens have used fee-based websites such as Apple Inc.’s iTunes to download music. That number is up from 52 per cent of Canadian teens who paid to download music in 2009, the firm said. “Legal takedowns of popular peer-to-peer sites in the past few years has made it increasingly complicated for all but the most tech savvy to download free music content, which may be the cause for this shift in behaviour,” Catherine Dawson, senior vice-president with Ipsos Reid in Vancouver, B.C., said in a statement. The report said four in 10 teens, or 40 per cent, have used peer-to-peer services to download music for free. Ipsos said the number is significantly lower than the 74 per cent of Canadian teens who downloaded music without paying in 2009. Ipsos said one-in-five teens, or 21 per cent, said they feel guilty about downloading music through peer-to-peer services while 35 per cent said they don’t. “The largest group of 44 per cent feel neutral on the matter,” Ipsos said. Ipsos said 52 per cent of teens were unsure about how they feel toward copyright law while 34 per cent said the laws are fair. “Only 14 per cent feel the laws are unfair,” Ipsos said. The online survey of 416 Canadian teens was conducted from Dec. 14 to 20, 2011, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 per cent, which is correct 19 times out of 20.