Exone end to end binder jetting service

3D Printed ‘Left Shark’ Creator Launches Funding Campaign to Fight Katy Perry’s Lawyers

INTAMSYS industrial 3d printing

Share this Article

In a matter of days, one 3D designer has gone from being a relatively unknown artist, known only by those who frequent his Shapeways Shop, to a man making headlines on the national nighttime news. Fernando Sosa, also known as the “Political Sculptor“, has gained quite the attention for finding himself among a controversy surrounding the Super Bowl Halftime show by Katy Perry.

leftshark1

The original ‘Left Shark’ figurine

It all started when Sosa, who is known for creating politically satirical 3D printed figurines, decided to create a 3D figurine of “Left Shark”, who many may say was the star of the Halftime show. Even Katy Perry went so far as to claim him the “Super Bowl MVP”. Soon after, word got back to Katy Perry’s legal team, a cease and desist order was issued to Sosa, demanding that he remove the 3D printed Left Shark figurine from Shapeways.

Sosa was less than pleased by the request, as he himself, as well as several lawyers who have chimed in, claim that a “dancing shark” can not be copyrighted. Whether he is right or not would be up to a judge to decide, but there is no doubt that the debate has created  a lot to talk about.

In the meantime, however, Sosa has created a new figurine, called “Blue Drunk Shark“, which looks extremely similar to his original “Left Shark” design, and has made it available via Shapeways. At the same time, Sosa has also launched a gofundme campaign in order to raise $500 for his own legal fund.

leftsharkdrunkfeatured

“I’m now represented by Christopher Sprigman, Professor New York University School of Law,” writes Sosa on his campaign page. “As You know [a] Certain Celebrity sent their lawyers after me. Not going to say who it is, but [it] rhymes with Merry. Anyways these lawyers who also happen to represent people trying to suppress marriage equality in Florida, claim they own the rights of anything depicted in a half time show, including a blue aquatic figure also know as a shark.”

leftsharkmemeSosa goes onto explain that he is merely an artist looking to make a living on Shapeways, and believes that he was not in the wrong by trying to sell 3D printed copies of “Left Shark”. At the time this article was written, Sosa had raised $340 of the $500 he is looking for, so it appears as though he is well on his way of reaching his goal.

It should really be interesting to see what comes of all this. Will Sosa and his attorney fight this cease and desist order? It would seem as though the legal costs could quickly escalate beyond the $500 figure that Sosa is trying to raise. Whatever comes of this, it could prove to be a rather important landmark case for the 3D printing space. We have known for quite some time now that there would be plenty of intellectual property issues that arise from this relatively new technology, so whatever the outcome of this is, it could end up setting precedence for future cases.

What do you think? Should Sosa be allowed to sell 3D printed Left Shark figurines, or should Katy Perry have legal claim to the character? Discuss in the Left Shark forum thread on 3DPB.com. If you would like to support Sosa and his cause, you may do so here.

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing Service Hubs Appoints New CEO, Alex Cappy

Morf3D Invests in 12-Laser Metal 3D Printer from SLM Solutions



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Featured

First Large-Format 3D Printer Unveiled by Azul 3D

After a good deal of research and development, followed by funding and the arrangement of its advisory board, Azul 3D has finally launched its first commercial 3D printer. A first-of-its-kind...

Startup Accelerator, Singapore: Desalination, Diet Supplements, and Space 3D Printing

In this fourth installment of Singapore Startups, we’re looking at startup firms from Singapore. Will the tiny nation become an epicentre for 3D printing? What is actually happening in Singapore...

Hug the Panda, Part 6: What China Needs to Make a Jet Engine

Of all the things in the world, there are probably only three things that China can not make: wide-body commercial aircraft, world class aero engines, and latest generation EUV chip...

B9Creations Launches Silicone Material for 3D Printing Jewelry Molds

Global 3D printing solutions provider B9Creations prides itself on promising up front just what it can deliver, and what it’s offering now could impact the jewelry industry. The company, which...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.