Warner Bros. now hiring professional snitches

TorrentFreak has blogged about a vacancy originally posted by Warner Bros. UK, seeking an “anti-piracy intern” on that side of the pond.

If you like stealing content but have a secret narc side, you can apply up until March 31st for the position, which pays around $26,200 USD- or £17,000 in England money. Tasks include spying on your friends and returning information on the illegal exchange of copyrighted material. The job description is 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.

In addition to gathering intelligence on sites that offer downloads of copyrighted WB and NBC material, duties include sending “takedown requests and infringement notices” to sites and people you might befriend in your anti-piracy travels. Amusingly, TorrentFreak supported the WB’s efforts:

We encourage all eligible TorrentFreak readers to apply for this exciting internship and provide us with regular updates on Warner Bros’ anti-piracy efforts.

Rumors of a stipend of unlimited cheese available to anti-piracy interns were not immediately confirmed.