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3D Printed Super Bowl Left Shark: The Real Teenage Dream

by Lambert Varias
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While pundits mull the Seahawks’ questionable decision making at the Super Bowl, the Internet is talking about Left Shark. One of Katy Perry’s dancers, Bryan Gaw made glaring mistakes at the halftime show performance, turning him into a meme within hours. And now we have Left Shark merch.

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Here’s the real MVP in unsynchronized action:

Designed by Fernando Sosa, the 3D printed Left Shark figurine is about 3″ tall  and is made of full color sandstone. Update: Fernando is no longer selling the figurine, as per orders from Katy Perry’s lawyers. Boo. Maybe they’re planning on releasing official Left Shark merch. You can order one from Fernando’s Shapeways shop for $25 (USD). Funko, if you know what’s good for you you’ll have a Left Shark bobblehead in stores tomorrow.

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Comments (5):

  1. Holy crap I always wanted to make into theawesomer. And technabob… Too bad Katy perry’s lawyers already send a cease and desists and this product is not longer available :(

  2. KlintzThoughtz says:

    First, the Internet audience named “Left Shark”, not KP. So, there cannot be any intellectual property claims about the name itself.

    Second, the concept of a dancing shark cannot be claimed as intellectual property here. The SNL land shark did a few jigs in its day, and the Gulf Coast Sharks mascot has been dancing at HS football games for years. (As have shark mascots all over the country.) A “dancing shark” is not copyrightable nor trademarkable simply because its a shark and it dances.

    Third, the 3D print job is visually different from KP’s dancing sharks: a) eyes are different (no half-closed eyelids), b) gill slits are different lengths (KP’s are symmetrical), c) mouth position is below gill slits in line with fins (KP’s shark mouth starts mid-way up the gill slits), d) white belly spot ends just above eye-level (KP’s shark belly spot goes all the way to the top of the nose), e) legs are short (KP’s shark legs are long).

    The concept of a dancing shark mascot with blue upper skin and white belly spot is not unique as many of the HS football mascots have the same coloration–which is drawn from nature.

    For all of these reasons, the lawyers’ threatening letter is just that–a threat only. The 3D print is “similar” but is not the same. The “Left Shark” moniker came from the internet audience. The 3D modeler could very well have won any lawsuit posed against him.

    • logical first says:

      Totally agree Klintz however as devils advocate KPs lawyers would argue that KP is a collaborator and therefore deserves royalties for her

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