Originally Posted by nkjanssen
Having an open WiFi network is not a defense to otherwise illegal activity, but it does NOT lead to vicarious liability either. None of the articles you cited support Mr. Eppstein's completely wrong interpretation of the law on that point.
It's still not a good idea to do it, but to suggest that you are automatically liable for any crimes committed with your open network is, again, absolutely wrong.
I didn't say you're "automatically liable".
I said it's no defense and it won't keep you from being charged - and may not keep you from being convicted, either.
You wanna roll the dice, go ahead - but it's a pretty stupid thing to do because the game is stacked against you.
If you get charged you'll at least be out a bundle in lawyer's fees, even if you win. And don't expect a public defender to be much good in this sort of case.
If you get sued in a civil case you can't GET a public defender so you'll definitely be out a bundle - even if you win.