Pop star Katy Perry has entered a legal battle with 3D printing company Shapeways over the rights to the Left Shark.
Left Shark became an internet sensation when viewers of Katy Perry’s Super Bowl performance noticed one of her dancers, dressed as a shark, seemed to be dancing to its own beat. It soon became the major talking point of Perry’s half time act.
As the shoddy dancer started staring in memes all over the internet, Shapeways began selling Left Shark figurines.
Perry’s legal team wrote to Shapeways, arguing that the costumed shark is copyrighted intellectual property. They stated: ‘As you are undoubtedly aware, our client never consented to your use of its copyrighted [intellectual property], nor did our client consent to the sale of the infringing product.’
Shapeways cancelled orders and refunded customers, but creator of the doll, Fernando Sosa, is refusing to back down and is now selling Left Shark figures on his Etsy shop.
"We didn’t find out that one of the sharks was ‘left shark’ until the internet turned him into a meme, right? The internet gave Left Shark his name," Christopher Jon Springman, Sosa’s lawyer, told CBC News.
"The internet, and not Katy Perry, made Left Shark."
Check out the Left Shark figurine below: