The growth of the Internet has resulted in an increase in the amount and value of digital information. Interpreting the laws governing intellectual property with regard to information in the digital domain is difficult. Given the international reach of the Internet, there is much to be gained from cooperation among countries. To the extent that international conventions are informed by the experiences of member countries, policy-makers may benefit from studying the attempts of the United States to protect intellectual property. In particular, relatively recent difficulties with regard to the Internet may be illuminated by an understanding of earlier responses to similar problems with the protection of computer software.