I am an IT consultant as well, and I agree on some of the things you said about service and helping friends for free.
If your services are purchased and you or your work doesn't perform then you and your company are responsible for the work, costs to fix/repair, and the lost time. If you help your friend and his computer fries, you have a personal responsibility, but that is it. You may or may not help him out of the jam.
While I agree the person selling the information is not "screwing" someone, he is profiting on something he most likely didn't earn. It has been said if he found this on his own and put in the time and effort, and then he should be compensated for his efforts. If he read this or other boards and said hey I'll make a quick buck, then I agree with free enterprise thinking and suggest we supplement the supply of information (give it away for free) and therefore reduce the demand (price).
In consulting you often negotiate rates for your service; this is the same thing as you are talking about on the free vs. paying for service. One customer maybe will to pay a higher rate for your service, while customer two is only willing to pay 80% of that rate. Neither of the customers is getting screwed, they are paying for the value of that service. I am suggesting we make this information as well as future information free to our friends (board members and others willing to benefit from this). If said person wanted to contact TDogg8 and have him provide a different service (push the button for me) then they should pay for the additional service.
The other topic that seems to be popping up a lot on here is the litigious nature of today's society. It seems that everyone wants everything for free. I am the first to stand up for a person that has been wronged, but I also think people should take some responsibility for their actions. I wonder what will happen if I order hot coffee and I spill it on my lap. Verdict is I sue Mickey D's for a fat wad and take no responsibility for my actions. It would be totally different if I ordered a frosty cold beverage and Ronald him self came out, poured hot coffee in my eyes, and then had his way with my dog in the back seat. I digress, instead of suing to make profit, we should look to right the wrongs, dare I say with out litigation?
(Pushes soapbox back under the table)