Warner Bros. hiring undercover anti-pirates

TorrentFreak reports that Warner Brothers UK is hiring college students with an IT background to participate in an internship that will pit them against the world wide pirating web in an effort to crack down on illegal digital distribution.

The posting found at the University of Manchester reads:

"During the 12 month internship, duties will include: monitoring local Internet forums and IRC for pirated WB and NBCU content and in order to gather information on pirate sites, pirate groups and other pirate activities; finding new and maintaining existing accounts on private sites; scanning for links to hosted pirated WB and NBCU content and using tools to issue takedown requests; maintaining and developing bots for Internet link scanning system (training provided); preparing sending of infringement notices and logging feedback; performing trap purchases of pirated product and logging results; inputting pirate hard goods data and other intelligence into the forensics database; selecting local keywords and submitting local filenames for monitoring and countermeasure campaigns and periodically producing research documents on piracy related technological developments. Various training will be provided."

The intern will literally be on the front-lines of the epic battle against pirated content, ensnaring users in incriminating transactions, issuing takedown requests, and causing general frustration amongst the file-sharing population on the Internet.  

TorrentFreak is actively encouraging members to sign up for the position in an effort to place a double agent inside the copyright infringement department at WB. 

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