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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A man was sentenced yesterday (Monday 13 January 2020) to an 8 month custodial sentence, following a hearing at Inner London Crown Court, after pleading guilty to manufacturing goods with unauthorised trademarks. Between March 2012 and February 2015, Izhar Gul, aged 43 of Boundary Road in London, produced fake merchandise bearing the branding and logos…

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For the third 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. This year’s report made mention of TRAP’s analysis of threat posed by global counterfeiters and the Marketplaces that facilitate their…

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On Friday 5 July, working on behalf of TRAP members, Surelock investigators team together with the Police and trading standards raided 3 stalls in Buck Street market, Camden. Over 1450 counterfeit t/shirts and hooded tops bearing 33 separate music artists were seized. These included Queen, Muse, The Who, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Clash, Motorhead, Arctic…

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Working on behalf of TRAP members; private investigators Surelock, were involved in major raids carried out again this month in Camden High Street, London. Large teams from the Metropolitan Police, HM Immigration, Trading Standards and members of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group all worked together to stop the sale of fakes in the market place. Three premises…

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Amar Choudry, Yasir Choudry, Qaisar Choudry, Faisal Choudry and Mudasar Alishan, were each sentenced at Bradford Crown Court to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years. They were also ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work. Stephen Carr,a supplier of counterfeit, branded heat transfers, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months,…

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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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