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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LARGEST COUNTERFEITING CASE EVER UNDERTAKEN BY WEST YORKSHIRE TRADING STANDARDS TRAP partners Surelock were heavily involved in bringing Five members of an extended family, Amar, Yasir, Qaisar and Faisal Choudry of Bradford and their brother-in-law Mudasar Alishan to Court. The family were ordered to pay £1.5M or face jail sentences. The case was brought by…

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This year TRAP’s contribution to UK GOVs IP crime report highlighted the shocking news that in the year 2020-2021 we had to action our two millionth take down from e-commerce platforms. Full report can be read here

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Earlier today, TRAP partners Surelock seized thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods in a joint operation with the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) and Camden Trading Standards. Retailers on Camden High Street were targeted in one of the first combined raids to take place since the easing of lockdown in the UK. More raids across the…

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TRAP are now regular contributors to UK GOVs IP Crime report. In this years report the scale of the problem of counterfeit products made available through e-commerce was highlighted. Full report can be found here

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West Sussex Trading Standards following an investigation and undercover operation by Surelock investigators on behalf of TRAP, who in October 2018 identified the eBay store Rockshirtz run by Garry Warren of Bognor Regis. Test purchases were carried out proving products were counterfeit. In February 2019 together with West Sussex Trading Standards, Surelock investigators went to…

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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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