UK record label association the BPI owns and produces the celebrated BRIT Awards, Classic BRIT Awards & the Mercury Prize. It co-owns the Official Charts Company, certifies the iconic BRIT Certified Platinum, Gold & Silver Awards and is also home to the Parental Advisory brand.
The BPI promotes and protects the UK recorded music industry – one of the world’s leading music industries – both domestically and internationally. As a trade association, it provides its range of services to over 400 independent label members and to the three major record companies (Sony Music, Universal Music UK & Warner Music), as well as to the record label and performer members of the collecting rights body PPL. Collectively, all those members account for approximately 99 percent of recorded music consumed legally within the UK each year.
The BPI Content Protection team helps to devise and deliver technical and practical strategies to protect digital and physical music content, including bringing precedent setting legal cases; delivering a world-leading website-blocking programme; removing infringing content from the internet; and disrupting illegal websites & traders.
BPI is seeking a professional & dynamic Junior Physical Piracy Investigation Executive to join its leading Content Protection department. The successful candidate will be working alongside an established investigation team in tackling unlicensed music product across a variety of online & offline channels.
Key responsibilities include:
- Research physical piracy trends & investigate entities involved in the distribution of unlicensed music;
- Enforce content removal across various marketplace platforms, both proactively & upon member request;
- Conduct field investigations, both independently & in collaboration with law enforcement;
- Perform & log test purchases of suspected unlicensed items in compliance with evidentiary standards;
- Produce evidence & intelligence packages;
- Liaise with UK law enforcement agencies in relation to joint investigations;
- Liaise with IFPI to further investigations beyond UK borders;
- Keep accurate record of web enforcement actions & investigative work;
- Develop quantitative & qualitative analysis;
- Deliver reports & presentations as required;
- Support the Content Protection team as required by the contingent workload.
- Music expert with a good working knowledge of music repertoire both past and present;
- Familiarity with OSINT and SOCMINT, with a knowledge of available online music resources;
- Familiarity with online marketplace platforms;
- Attention to detail & ability to operate within codified regulatory frameworks;
- Inquisitive nature & critical thinking;
- Ability to prioritise work in line with strategic objectives & ROI;
- Ability to collect & analyse data in a methodologically sound way;
- Ability to write in a correct, clear & accessible manner, including presenting findings as required;
- Good working knowledge of MS Office Suite, including Excel;
- Flexible approach to work & ability to deal with changing and, at times, conflicting priorities;
- Friendly and collaborative nature, able to exert a positive influence as part of a team;
- In possession or eligible for UK police clearance.
- Criminology/IP Law/Investigations/Music Business background;
- Understanding of music licensing;
- Experience in Brand &/or Content Protection;
- Familiarity with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000), the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act (1996), the Trade Marks Act (1994), and the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act (1998);
- Familiarity with GDPR, Disclosure & Subject Access Request regulations, and the ACPO good practice for collecting digital evidence;
- Experience in writing witness statements;
- Experience with Case Management Systems.
Equal Opportunities & Diversity
The BPI is passionate about encouraging the best possible and most talented people to join its team – regardless of their gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or political belief.
Please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would also appreciate if you could fill out our Diversity Monitoring Form in submitting your application (link).
Application closing date: 31 May 2023
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