At least one person capitalizing on the meteoric rise of the Left Shark meme has been served a cease and desist letter from Katy Perry's lawyers.
Left Shark was one of the "Roar" singer's backup dancers in her Super Bowl Halftime Show performance. The dancer forgot the choreography during a song and just waved his fins around awkwardly in his shark costume, a move that quickly made Left Shark an internet sensation.
Fernando Sosa, a resident of Orlando, Florida, was one of many people to use Left Shark's overnight popularity to make a buck… but he won't be able to anymore if Katy Perry's lawyers have anything to say about it.
Sosa has an online store on the website, Shapeways, where he sells figurines of politicians and other famous people made with a 3-D printer. According to Time, Sosa started making and selling Left Shark figurines soon after the Super Bowl, but on Wednesday, the website received a cease and desist letter from Perry's legal team, demanding that the Left Shark figurines be removed because they are Perry's "intellectual property."
"As you are undoubtedly aware, our client never consented to your use of its copyrighted work and [intellectual property], nor did our client consent to the sale of the infringed product," the letter, posted by Sosa to Instagram, reads. "Your infringing conduct entitles our client to significant legal relief against you, which may include actual damages, statutory damages, and punitive damages, as well as immediate and permanent injunctive relief."
So, basically, what Perry is saying is she's the only person who can have any rights whatsoever to anything featuring Left Shark. It's a pretty petty move, especially considering the shark is only so famous because it screwed up the choreography during the performance — it's not like Perry planned that.
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