Protecting Intellectual Property Rights

Our mission is simple: to protect intellectual property rights with direct action.

TRAP (Trademark and Rightsholders Against Piracy) is a worldwide collective of rights holders and publishers working with the biggest names in music, film, TV, art and sport.
Through lobbying and direct action, TRAP protects the public from purchasing counterfeit products whilst enabling artists, actors, athletes and musicians to provide their fans with official merchandise.

Taking Direct Action

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AS part of BBC 6 Music’s celebration of music merchandise known as “wear your band t shirt to work day”, TRAP’s work was featured in an extensive report covering counterfeit merchandise and it’s impact on the industry. To listen to the report you can go here from 1hr 50mins.

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Stephen Clarkson, 36, of High Meadows, Greetland, Halifax, and director of Custom Design UK Ltd, was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Bradford Crown Court. In 2016, West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS) received information from Surelock, which represents numerous trademark holders that Custom Design UK Ltd was selling counterfeit clothing through…

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For the second year running, the work of TRAP has been featured in the UK Government’s report on IP Crime. The report highlights work in all sectors of the economy targeted by Intellectual Property crime. TRAP’s one millionth takedown landmark was given particular attention. Full report can be viewed here

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Following the conviction (21 month suspended sentence) of Ian Buckley (56) in March 2018, an investigation under the proceeds of Crime Act was undertaken. The case came before the court again to resolve those matters. Sitting in Northampton Crown Court Judge Lucking ordered that Mr Buckley had benefited from his criminal conduct to the sum…

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After painstaking investigative work by TRAP partners Surelock dating back to 2015, Ian Buckley (56), who ran clothing shop Quirk in Leicester city centre was charged with and subsequently admitted 36 offences under the Trade Marks Act. The offences related to items such as T-shirts and hooded tops bearing the names of bands such as Led…

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After an exhaustive undercover operation, by TRAP partners Surelock, Westminster Trading Standards secured the conviction of 22 year old Kashif Haq. During the raid on Haq’s store in Trocadero more than £100k of counterfeit product was seized including music merchandise and dangerous toys and electrical products. Before passing a 13 month sentence at Blackfriars Crown Court Judge Shetty,…

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