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Is there an actual term? Just wondering since in movies or books there are those whom have information that other characters want or need and thus pay 'em for such information.

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Informer? News monger? – Persian Cat Apr 24 '13 at 2:08
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Snitch? Stool pigeon? Narc? – Mitch Apr 24 '13 at 2:36
    
Information today is a commodity and one dealing commercially in it should naturally be treated the same as one dealing in any other commodity. It does not require a specific definition to identify a seller of information as distinct from the generic term(s). – Kris Apr 24 '13 at 6:45
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You could look up spy in a thesaurus for even more candidates – mole is another good one. (Those words are more hypernyms, though, since some spies are motivated by ideological reasons, more so than financial ones.) – J.R. Apr 24 '13 at 9:03
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It's simply unclear if you mean a criminal that sells information to the cops or if you mean someone like (say) an analyst at a stock brokerage. You should clarify this. – Joe Blow May 8 '14 at 13:31

You're probably thinking of an information broker:

a person or company providing information to clients for a fee -- definition from Dictionary.com

TVTropes.com also lists a knowledge broker:

This is the person who always seems to have the dirt on everybody. The person who runs an information-gathering system, with a network of informers.

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Thank you, that was exactly it! – NoActualName Apr 24 '13 at 2:36
    
@NoActualName Note that this term usually carries the connotation of professional, consultant, or (in fiction) hacker. It wouldn't suit a criminal-class character, except facetiously. – Bradd Szonye Apr 24 '13 at 2:47
    
@BraddSzonye The way I read the question, that's exactly what OP is looking for. All the other terms suggested imply a unscrupulous or underhanded character. – p.s.w.g Apr 24 '13 at 2:55
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It looks to me more like a class distinction: "information broker" for white collar informants, and "informant" for underworld information brokers. ;) – Bradd Szonye Apr 24 '13 at 2:57
    
+1 regardless for a solid answer with references. – Bradd Szonye Apr 24 '13 at 3:09

In crime fiction: informant or CI (for confidential/criminal informant).

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In police and crime fiction lingo: a paid informant as used in Confidential Informant by John Madinger (p.211); Google Books

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Paid or not, informant was already in the earlier answers. – NVZ Mar 26 at 20:57
    
OK, so, should I remove my answer and my research? informant may or may not be paid. An informant may be informing for other non-monetary reasons, like immunity from prosecution. Does that meet with your approval?? – Lambie Mar 26 at 21:08
    
Don't remove. I just gave a heads up. Other users may react unfavourably – NVZ Mar 26 at 21:08
    
NVZ, let them eat cake, poor dears. I am feeling rather prickly today. :) – Lambie Mar 26 at 21:13
    
No, because the link goes directly to a google book, which I just checked and is fine. I am not responsible for how links to google books look when they take you to a specific page! – Lambie Mar 26 at 21:16

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