Blackmail 101

Blackmail is defined as:
/blakˌmāl/
The action, treated as a criminal offense, of demanding money from a person in return for not revealing compromising or injurious information about that person.

A crime – a felony under certain conditions – blackmail is coercion involving threats of physical harm, threat of criminal prosecution, or threats for the purposes of taking the person’s money or property.

Examples include threatening to expose injurious information, usually obtained by subversive methods, about someone unless they pay you money.

However…

If, for example, you’re a blogger that has posted an enlightening post and the person it’s about comes to you, BEGGING you to make some deal, any deal, to get you to take it down, THIS IS NOT BLACKMAIL.

If they wheel and deal, BEGGING YOU to make a deal to remove information which has already been made public knowledge, information which was public information to begin with, THIS IS NOT BLACKMAIL.

If what they agree to pay you is money they owed you in the first place THIS IS NOT BLACKMAIL. It’s justice.

If you hold up your end of the deal and remove the information you posted, asking only that the scurrilous activities that it reveals not be continued or repeated, You’re in the clear. You’ve held up your end of the bargain.

If the other person reneges on that agreement and continues whatever activity was described in that original post, THEY have broken the deal. You are no longer bound by it. So if you restore that post, and create subsequent posts about the same illegal activities being perpetrated by the same person in order to warn potential victims, you are not guilty of any crime. You are committing a public service intended to assist the public in general.

And if the person that broke the deal is the type that likes to bilk victims out of hundreds of dollars by accusing them of breaching a contract that wasn’t legal in the first place, it’s not only a public service, it’s poetic justice.

So if you see somebody screaming “BLACKMAIL!!” about a deal they broke themselves, take a good hard look at what they’re trying to cover up. You can bet your bottom dollar (if they haven’t stolen it yet) that the louder they scream, the more they have to hide.

You’re welcome.

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3 thoughts on “Blackmail 101

  1. Scabby’s fat Assy is just pissed off because you beat her at her own game, she’s still full of bullocks but you got your daughter paid back. Good for you!

    • We’re talking about somebody that has no conscience at all about extorting hundreds (maybe thousands, if you add up royalties) from people with a bogus contract and by holding their work hostage until or unless they pay. But she’s whining like a baby about paying ONE author back what she scammed them out of, and then only because her ass was over a barrel for being caught using somebody’s name in her company and they didn’t know it.

      I only hope any real authors out there realize that this is how they’ll get treated, too. They might be conned by her “it’s in the past” crap, but they’ll find out all too soon that nothing has changed. Same business, same owner, same scams, same lies. It’s been proven. All people need to do is recognize the truth when it’s presented to them on a silver platter.

  2. Update:

    As of June, 2016, Tabetha Jones has no publishing companies in operation that we know about, so our investigation of her has been halted. The point of examining her in the first place was to advocate for authors that reported no royalties and other related abuse from her. If she’s not involved with publishing anymore, that job’s done.

    The posts about her remain in public view in case she starts a new one in the future.

    If more publishing concerns about Tabetha Jones (Willis, Farmer Hoover, Saulters, etc) – AKA Zooey Sweete, Emerald Rai Fleurs, et al – arise in the future, we will post relevant updates. But for now, we’re focusing on happier topics.

    Peace.

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