Actually, says Joe Weisenthal, it's pretty confusing.
After all, it's ok to go to the press with an embarrassing story. And it's ok to be paid to keep a story quiet. And it's ok to sue over something embarrassing, but then drop the suit after a multi-million settlement from the accused.So why isn't it okay to blackmail? There are a couple problems with a blackmail free market, Weisenthal acknowledges. With no guarantee of compliance on the part of the person paid off, the system wouldn't really work. But the question remains: is there something inconsistent in the current laws surrounding the crime?