And the crime is.....posting a number!
It's how the attackers use that number themselves. A number cannot be copyrighted, keep in mind.
Honestly, you're clutching at straws here. 100% of the crime is done AFTER Geohot's posting of the key. If a friend of yours wanted to punch up another guy and asked you for his address, and you gave it to him, you can NOT be called an accomplice there.
If the ultimate implications were for piracy, then there is a much larger crime at stake here. Again, just because Osama Bin Laden didn't hijack an airplane and crash it into a building doesn't make him any less guilty.
I'm not clutching at any straws. You're the one responding to literally every poster who questions your stance, if there is anyone clutching at straws trying to deny anything it's you. If Geohot had any knowledge or pre-existing knowledge on the consequences of his actions (And there is any tangible form of proof of this) he will be in trouble.
If a friend of mine wanted to punch up another guy and asked you for his address, and I gave it to him, yes I could be called an accomplice.
your not clutching at straws? you are comparing 911 and osama bin laden to geohot and some video game pirates.
oh and yes if someone wanted to go beat up a guy and asked me for his address and i knew this then yes i am an accomplise
But let me ask you this. Is Yellow pages an accomplise for every wrong doing done by anyone that used their website or phone books to look up someones address?
I'm not comparing the scale, magnitude of the acts, just the broken down basics of the two acts. Tell me they are different.
Yellow pages is not an accomplise for every wrong doing done by anyone because of no knowledge of a crime being committed using their information. (Additionally, this information is willfully given by the public, or can be removed at a persons discretion.)