Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Warner Bros Hiring Students for Piracy Crackdown

One of the world's biggest labels is seeking to recruit a university student to spy on file-sharer’s and monitor message-boards for "pirate groups and pirate activities".

Warner Bros Entertainment UK is offering £17,500 for the 12-month "anti-piracy intern" position to students studying a "computing related discipline”. Details of the job have been posted at the University of Manchester's careers website.

Beginning in July 2010, the student will be required to go undercover on file sharing services, creating accounts and monitoring content to track the exchange of possibly pirated Warner Bros content.

Additional duties involve developing and maintaining 'bot' programs that will scan for pirated files, as well as sending copyright infringement notices. The candidate will need to be familiar with file-sharing services, web forums and IRC systems.

Warner Bros will provide training on the development and use of the anti-piracy and monitoring applications.

Applications close tomorrow, 31 March.

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