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.