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Warner Bros. Looking to Hire Secret Pirate Spy

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The only thing more bold than this is if they were looking for pirate spy ninjas.

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Warner Bros. is looking for an intern in the UK who is "IT literate" and is willing to help the entertainment industry in its fight against piracy.

TorrentFreak found a job posting listed at the University of Manchester that reads as follows:

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 be paid a salary of £17,500 (around US$26,000) for the year-long position that starts this July. If you think you've got what it takes, check out the listing here (PDF).

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    ominous prime , March 30, 2010 12:28 AM
    Warner Brothers wasting more money battling piracy rather than coming up with a business model that works in the 21st century. Awesome.
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    JonathanDeane , March 30, 2010 12:26 AM
    So I can sit around and download movies and music all day.... AND get paid for it? omg where do I sign up lol
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    SlyMaelstrom , March 30, 2010 12:17 AM
    That's just what the UK needs... a cocky 18 year-old intern who defines himself as "leet" to tell all the computer illiterate big wigs what's up in the world of internet piracy.

    Hey Warner Bros. You've probably got a hundred senior graphic artists on staff that know more about computers than any 18 year old willing to take a £17,500 internship ever would.
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    SlyMaelstrom , March 30, 2010 12:17 AM
    That's just what the UK needs... a cocky 18 year-old intern who defines himself as "leet" to tell all the computer illiterate big wigs what's up in the world of internet piracy.

    Hey Warner Bros. You've probably got a hundred senior graphic artists on staff that know more about computers than any 18 year old willing to take a £17,500 internship ever would.
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    JonathanDeane , March 30, 2010 12:26 AM
    So I can sit around and download movies and music all day.... AND get paid for it? omg where do I sign up lol
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    indigoataxia , March 30, 2010 12:26 AM
    where's the US version??? sign me up too!
  • 30 Hide
    ominous prime , March 30, 2010 12:28 AM
    Warner Brothers wasting more money battling piracy rather than coming up with a business model that works in the 21st century. Awesome.
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    babybeluga , March 30, 2010 12:45 AM
    26k for a no-skills needed internet job?

    Is WB that desperate?
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    tpho2500 , March 30, 2010 12:50 AM
    They don't mean the kiddy sites like The Pirate Bay or Minova. They want the big fish E.G. private trackers which are hard to get in.
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    tayb , March 30, 2010 12:54 AM
    I'd apply if I lived over there.
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    bittoe , March 30, 2010 12:55 AM
    no one wants to pay $10-$12 and be forced to sit through thirty minutes of commercials to watch a crappy movie.
    No one wants to pay $49 for the DVD and be forced to watch the "upcoming events". The only thing WB has been successfully at, is forcing its patrons to pirate.
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    dstln , March 30, 2010 1:04 AM
    tpho2500They don't mean the kiddy sites like The Pirate Bay or Minova. They want the big fish E.G. private trackers which are hard to get in.


    Stuff like pirate bay/demonoid/etc ARE the big fish, I'm sure much much more pirating of their content happens there. And this seems a bit silly, I'm sure they could just find people involved in these sites and pay them to rat it out. Everyone has a price.
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    RaQin , March 30, 2010 1:12 AM
    They don't need an intern...they need to hire a well paid highly motivated IT pro who used to peddle torrents like breathing air. Kids have no clue, no real understanding of the economic impact of piracy, and don't have 20+ years of being on the 'wild side' of the warez sphere. No Warner needs to fork over about 200K/yr plus revenue recovery shares, and get someone to do more than troll the forums.
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    SlyMaelstrom , March 30, 2010 1:14 AM
    bittoeno one wants to pay $10-$12 and be forced to sit through thirty minutes of commercials to watch a crappy movie. No one wants to pay $49 for the DVD and be forced to watch the "upcoming events". The only thing WB has been successfully at, is forcing its patrons to pirate.

    Oh, wow... they really drove you to it. How about showing up to the theater 15 minutes later than everyone else? Do you have to see everything opening night? ... and where the hell do you live that DVDs cost $49?

    My opinion is that you should stop making excuses for breaking the law. Nobody is forcing you to pirate... you're just forcing them to raise ticket prices. I can't stand the way major film studios handle piracy... but the only thing that bugs me more than them is the pirates who try to convince themselves that they aren't doing anything wrong. If you're going to steal... at least fess up to it.
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    jakew120 , March 30, 2010 1:35 AM
    SlyMaelstromOh, wow... they really drove you to it. How about showing up to the theater 15 minutes later than everyone else? Do you have to see everything opening night? ... and where the hell do you live that DVDs cost $49?My opinion is that you should stop making excuses for breaking the law. Nobody is forcing you to pirate... you're just forcing them to raise ticket prices. I can't stand the way major film studios handle piracy... but the only thing that bugs me more than them is the pirates who try to convince themselves that they aren't doing anything wrong. If you're going to steal... at least fess up to it.


    He does fess up to it....
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    matt87_50 , March 30, 2010 1:36 AM
    ominous primeWarner Brothers wasting more money battling piracy rather than coming up with a business model that works in the 21st century. Awesome.


    what you mean is coming up with a business model that works in a world where it is easy and acceptable to just not pay for stuff if you don't want to, and take it for free?

    granted that is ONE solution (if it can be found) the other is to just stop piracy at its source. I was just saying the other day that this is exactly what they should be doing, rather than horrible DRM and other blanket solutions that hurt the innocent more than the guilty . keep in mind, they aren't even interested in the downloaders, but the supply chain. and sure, they will never get it all, but they will get most of it, which is all they need. this is the proper way to try and solve the problem, and you don't need someone who is 'qualified' all you need is someone with the knowledge of the mainstream pirate (which isn't much).

    good on you WB, as far as I see it, this is the best way to combat it, short of not combating it at all. I mean sure there are tonnes of things they could do to discourage people from pirating, (not least of which is making your products GOOD), but when you see people like Ubisoft and EA destroying the PC gaming scene, you have to commend people who come up with better ways of dealing with piracy.
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    bak0n , March 30, 2010 1:50 AM
    Who's going to sue them for using bots on forums that do not allow them?
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2010 2:13 AM
    It is against federal law to access a protected database without permission. (I know, I broke this law before it was a law.) Warner Brother's job posting is offering to pay for someone to break American law. No idea how UK law compares, but they don't seem to be advertising on this side of the pond.

    No punch line. Thems the facts.
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    Blessedman , March 30, 2010 2:21 AM
    The studio's could adopt a business model on a sharing bases. So if you don't want to pay for a movie, then you can use your bandwidth as a form of payment to them. You get a set of free points to start with so you can download a few free movies then if you continue to seed those movies you earn more points to get more free movies. This model would need some tweaking to make sure you have enough paying customers to make it worth it. Maybe even a subscription model where you pay x amount of dollars based on how much you can seed. As a bonus you would be given movies a week or so before the public DVD release of the film (to ensure enough seeders to offer seamless streaming). Could possibly even seed enough so that your dues would be 0$ at the end of a month. They need to embrace this culture instead of fighting it.
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    maigo , March 30, 2010 2:40 AM
    I pay to see good movies
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    hotchrisbfries , March 30, 2010 2:49 AM
    "scanning for links to hosted pirated WB and NBCU content and using tools to issue takedown requests"

    Dare I say it?

    "That's All Folks!!!"
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    tayb , March 30, 2010 4:06 AM
    FunnyGuyIt is against federal law to access a protected database without permission. (I know, I broke this law before it was a law.) Warner Brother's job posting is offering to pay for someone to break American law. No idea how UK law compares, but they don't seem to be advertising on this side of the pond.No punch line. Thems the facts.


    They aren't asking you to hack into a database. They are asking you to infiltrate these private torrenting sites and relay information about them back to WB. This is no different than a police officer going undercover and it certainly isn't illegal.
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