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Warner Bros. Seeking Piracy Spies

  • Gizmodo, Monday, March 29, 2010 2:23 PM

In its latest effort to battle content thieves, the UK branch of Warner Bros. is hiring "IT literate" students to spy on the so-called "torrenting world." "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," reads the job description distributed to The University of Manchester.

Gizmodo compares would-be participants to computer savvy Judas's, and warns: "You (could) have, literally, the entire, worldwide community of pirates pissed at you." "Torrenting" is short for BitTorrent, which is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used for distributing large amounts of data online, and sometimes illegally.

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