Re-positioning the law of theft in view of recent developments in ICTS – The case of South Africa
This article examines the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the development of the principles of theft. The Roman and South African law of theft forms the basis of such a study. This investigation is made against the background principle that the law of theft has to do with the traditional forms of property, for example corporeals and incorporeals. Therefore, it is enquired whether the non-traditional forms of property, for example information or data is or can be regarded as property that is capable of being stolen for legal purposes or not.
Keywords: ICTs; World Wide Web; codes; architecture; hardware; software; information; data.