February 6, 2015


Don't Try Making Money off Katy Perry's Super Bowl Sharks

Kevin Mazur/WireImage
Kevin Mazur/WireImage

The breakout stars of Katy Perry's lion-tastic Super Bowl halftime show were, indubitably, the dancing sharks. Particularly Left Shark (you know, the one on the left?), whose moves might have been the silliest of all.

Now a Florida man, Fernando Sosa, is selling a 3-D printed Left Shark statue/toy/mini-monument for $24.99, and Katy Perry's lawyers are on it like Jaws on a bleeding swimmer.

"Our client recently has learned that you have been involved in the manufacture, sale, marketing and distribution of merchandise featuring a shark sculpture," reads the legal notice, " which embodies and uses the [Super Bowl halftime show], and that you have displayed this product on your website, in connection with such sale and distribution." The letter goes on to demand that Sosa discontinue sales and hand over any remaining Left Shark items he's got.

Sosa has been steadily Facebooking and Instagramming about the situation, and is now asking for contributions to a legal fund. Sosa's previous 3-D printing work includes derisive takes on Vladimir Putin and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, as well as some cute little cuts of Breaking Bad's Walter White. Also: iPhone cases.

The news comes shortly after we learned that Taylor Swift had trademarked the phrase "this sick beat" from her 1989 hit "Shake It Off," preventing Swiftian entrepreneurs from selling merchandise featuring the words. Swift and Perry might be some of the last artists making serious bank off album sales, but they're not messing around with the small stuff, either.