The Internet Investigator is primarily responsible for contributing to the global Internet strategy and protecting the motion picture and television industry’s business activities by investigating and reporting on individuals and organizations engaged in the (the facilitation of) copyright infringement.
Candidates must be a self-starter with a demonstrated ability to deliver professional results on short deadlines amidst shifting priorities while remaining poised. They also should be detailed-oriented, and able to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Advanced work ethic and creative problem-solving skills including the ability to work well with minimal supervision and guidance are essential.
- Assist the Global Content Protection team in shaping, contributing to, and executing the team’s enforcement strategy.
- Conduct detailed investigations of key players and other global targets involved in copyright infringement, including the investigation of individuals, organizations, and technical infrastructures.
- Deliver forensically sound and actionable investigative reports, adapted to the intended audience.
- Determine enforcement options and recommend appropriate handling of cases.
- Identify cases suitable for further investigation or escalated actions, including civil and criminal actions.
- Interact with MPAA member studios, industry partners, law enforcement, vendors, attorneys, and various internal departments to work towards resolution of cases.
- Proactively identify new potential targets.
- Monitor, analyze, and report on emerging trends and technologies in online piracy.
- Any other tasks as assigned.
Education and Experience Requirements
- Minimum one year of relevant work experience in computer science, digital forensics, security incident response, or similar field.
- Computer Science degree or similar is preferred.
- Experience in conducting technical and non-technical online investigations is preferred.
- Experience in investigations related to copyright infringement is a plus.
- Experience in writing investigative reports is a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to swiftly search the Internet and navigate complex websites beyond the basic use of search engines.
- Strong understanding of the steps involved in building and operating a website, including the ability to understand source code.
- Good technical understanding of TCP/IP, Internet routing, HTTP(S), and DNS is strongly preferred.
- Fundamental understanding of Internet governance and the relationships between ISPs, domain names, whois, IP addresses, hosting providers, and reverse proxy providers.
- Proficiency with investigative tools such as whois, (reverse) DNS lookups, traceroute, and packet capture analysis.
- Familiarity with online content distribution methods, including streaming video, file hosting, peer-to-peer sharing, and live broadcasting is a plus.
- Basic understanding of computer crimes statutes and copyright law is a plus
- Basic knowledge of anti-piracy and copyright infringement issues is a plus.
- Possess creative problem solving skills.
- Ability to work well independently under minimal supervision and guidance.
- Ability to gather, analyze, and disseminate information accurately and in a timely manner.
- Display sound judgment, initiative, and strong attention to detail.
- Ability to communicate well, both in writing and orally, with people of all experience levels.
- Possess the highest level of work ethics and integrity with the ability to maintain confidential information.