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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Working together with City of Westminster Trading Standards, TRAP’s Brand Protection Team, Surelock , raided an iconic store in the heart of Central London selling many fake music artists T-shirts. Among the artists that had their Intellectual Property used without their consent were The Who, The Beatles, The The Smiths, Motorhead, Madness, Blur, Stone Roses,…

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After almost a decade, a serial copyright infringer has finally been fined at Liverpool Crown Court. Stephen Carroll, the sole proprietor of T-Shirt Subway was fined £11,000 after the jury was told that on several occasions he was contacted by Trading Standards and warned that his activities were illegal; warnings that were later ignored. Had…

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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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