One of the world's biggest entertainment groups is seeking a student intern to spy on filesharers and monitor messageboards for "pirate groups and other pirate activities." Warner Bros. Entertainment U.K. is offering £17,500 for the 12-month position, based in London.
Details of the job have been posted at the University of Manchester's careers website, where it is listed as "Anti-Piracy Intern." A century ago, this would have been a position aboard a merchant navy ship: now it involves lurking in blog comments sections and on IRC chat. Beginning in July 2010, the lucky student will be tasked with all the dirty work of a major entertainment group in 2010. Besides monitoring internet forums and private BitTorrent sites, the student will be expected to make "trap" purchases of illegal material, to issue copyright infringement notices, and even to develop automated bots that will scan for pirated files.
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