Warner Bros to Recruit Students For Anti-Piracy Duties
Warner Bros. (WB) Entertainment, Inc. is offering British students the opportunity to spend a year helping with a new anti-piracy campaign. The job will involve finding pirated content online and even going undercover.
While the role is advertised as an "Anti-Piracy Internship", it actually pays an equivalent to $26,000 US dollars. It's only open to students on a computer-related course and is designed to be filled by somebody on a "sandwich" course, which involves a year-long industrial work placement. Given that the post is based in London, that's about the going rate for such a placement year.
Interns to Carry out 'Trap Purchases'
The job is quite comprehensive. As well as searching online for pirated material, the intern will also carry out "trap purchases of pirated product[s]".
The job description notes that programming skills in a range of computer languages is a significant advantage. That's because the successful candidate will be asked to produce automated systems for scanning links to detect illegal content.
There may be more to the recruitment than simply finding a relatively cheap way of cracking down on piracy. Chances are that a computer student in their early 20s is already familiar with various file sharing networks and more savvy than Warner's own staff when it comes to finding illegal content. (Source: torrentfreak.com)
Extensive Duties Involved
The full list of duties for the role includes:
- Monitoring local Internet forums and IRC for pirated WB and NBCU (National Broadcasting Company Universal) content.
- Gathering information on pirate sites.
- Scanning for links to hosted pirated WB and NBCU content and using tools to issue takedown requests.
- Electing local keywords and submitting local filenames for monitoring and countermeasure campaigns (Source: pcmag.com).
Several tech and file sharing websites have already commented that this would be a perfect opportunity for a student to act as a "double agent" and share details of Warner's anti-piracy tactics. But it seems unlikely Warner hasn't already thought of that and the firm will likely insist on a strict confidentiality agreement.
Free eBook: Getting Started: Your Guide to Windows 8. Windows 8 is arguably Microsoft's most daring Windows Operating system to date. Featuring an unusual tile-based Start screen that's optimized for touchscreen devices, Windows 8 is now available on all new computers, laptops and ultrabooks, and hybrid tablets. Whichever device you use Windows 8 on, you'll need to know a few things. First, how are you going to get the data from your current operating system to the new one? Second, you'll probably be wondering where Windows desktop has gone. Finally, you might be wondering: why did Microsoft remove the Start menu? This eBook answers all those questions, and more. Click here to download this eBook now! Note: this eBook is free, but registration is required; after that, you can select more ebooks and videos for download without registering again. If you have questions / problems with the registration form, please read this.