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|Honeybees||Feb 23 2013, 07:30 PM|
In most states and by federal law, you can usually record someone if one of the people in the conversation is aware of the recording. However, in some states, both people must be aware. However, using a listening device to record or even hear a private conversation between two individuals with a reasonable expectation of privacy is against federal wiretapping laws as a well as state laws. (It's a little nebulous if Nick's device only amplified the sound and didn't record it, but he recorded it.) If you record those conversations with intent to blackmail, it's massively illegal in most states and violates federal law.
It's not illegal to accidentally overhear a conversation in a public place.
Nick's original accidental over hearing of Lucas and Will: not illegal. His listening device shenanigans? Totally completely illegal. Oddly enough, since Nick's actions are intent to blackmail, as opposed to extortion (which is for money or goods specifically), means he'd probably face less stiff penalties, at least on the federal level. That is, unless you could prove that his motive was based on Will's sexuality, which would be a civil rights violation.
Edited by Honeybees, Feb 23 2013, 07:43 PM.
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