Dancer became internet sensation due to awkward moves during Perry's performance
Katy Perry’s lawyers have ordered a website to stop selling 3D models of the “Left Shark” dancer from the singer’s Super Bowl half-time show.
The back up dancer dressed in the shark costume became a viral hit due to his uncoordinated dancing.
Shortly after the performance, Orlando resident Fernando Sosa, who mostly produces models of politicians and world leaders, began selling the shark model on the website Shapeways for $24.99 (£16), CNN reports.
On Wednesday, the website received a cease-and-desist letter from Perry’s lawyers. “As you are undoubtedly aware, our client never consented to your use of its copyrighted work and IP, nor did our client consent to the sale of the infringing product,” the letter read.
“It looks like dictators and world leaders like Putin and Kim Jong Un or Chris Christie are much easier to deal with,” Sosa, who uploaded the letter onto Instagram, said in response.
Meanwhile, the man inside the Left Shark costume, professional dancer Scott Myrick, said of the performance: “The visibility was terrible. I ran into a palm tree but the camera missed it.”
Katy Perry’s Super Bowl half-time show was the most viewed in Super Bowl history. The singer performed with guests Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott on Sunday night with an average of 118.5m viewers tuning in to see her 12-minute performance. This was up three million viewers on the 2014 Super Bowl, which saw Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers play live.
It was reported earlier today that Perry will be collaborating with a domestic abuse survivor for her performance at the Grammys on Sunday (February 8).