Warner Bros. recruits anti-piracy 'spies'

WB UK to use interns to log activity and perform 'trap purchases'.
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Warner Bros is recruiting a student network of anti-piracy snitches as it looks to clampdown on internet copyright infringement.

The company is offering 12-month anti-piracy internships, during which recruits will monitor active piracy forums and blogs, as well as searching for and joining private piracy networks.

The job description also states that the position would involve “performing trap purchases of pirated product and logging results; scan for links to hosted pirated WB and NBCU content and using tools to issue takedown requests…preparing sending of infringement notices and logging feedback”.

The job commands a salary of US $26,000.

Earlier this month the UK passed the Digital Economy Bill, which includes a ‘three-strikes’ rule that will see persistent copyright offenders have their internet connections cut-off.

File-sharing could cost Europe 1.2 million jobs and $320bn by 2015, according to a report commissioned by trade unions from across the EU.

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