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Queen Bey's I.P.

Queen Bey's I.P.

In her iconic video for "Single Ladies," Beyoncé effortlessly teases viewers with her left hand — flipping back and forth and back again-cooing "If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it."

If this were 1999, we would have seen this music video introduced by Carson Daly for the first time on MTV's "Total Request Live," rushed to the nearest Sam Goody to buy the single CD, taken that CD and burned a copy to upload to the peer-to-peer file sharing website Napster. The 1999 music world contemplated monetization and intellectual property enforcement with a calculated, predictable and copyright heavy approach.

Fast forward to 2016,...