Something I have my doubts about. Ideas are information
, and as Daniel Dennett
put it (in the pretensiously titled Consciousness Explained
Information is the one commodity that can be given away and kept at the same time.
This means that `stealing someone's idea` is very different from `stealing someone's car`. Of course, it is't as simple as that. Worth thinking about though. I think this issue will become more and more central as computers and software become more central.