Within days the dancing sensation inspired cookie cutters, t-shirts, onesies, and a slew of other merchandise on craft and e-commerce websites.
This included Fernando Sosa's Left Shark figurines that were being sold on Shapeways, an online 3-D printing marketplace. On Wednesday, the site was served a cease-and-desist order from Perry's lawyers and immediately deleted the Left Shark design from its catalog. The company canceled orders for the product and refunded customers.
"I honestly don't know why they made a big deal of it. I sold like 10," Sosa told CNBC. "I asked if I could license them they told me they don't have any licensing right now. I wouldn't mind paying them royalties."
According to Sosa, the cease-and-desist letter stipulated that Perry owns the rights to the dancing beach balls, palm trees, and sharks that appeared in her halftime performance.
"I think there is more stuff that the lawyers can focus on," Sosa said. "Honestly, I think people should be able to make stuff out of props, and props should not be copyrighted. The palm trees and beach balls should not be copyrighted."