Current through P.L. 118-22 with Court Rules updates (published on www.congress.gov on 12/01/2023)
Section 2252C - Misleading words or digital images on the Internet(a) IN GENERAL.-Whoever knowingly embeds words or digital images into the source code of a website with the intent to deceive a person into viewing material constituting obscenity shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not more than 10 years.(b) MINORS.-Whoever knowingly embeds words or digital images into the source code of a website with the intent to deceive a minor into viewing material harmful to minors on the Internet shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not more than 20 years.(c) CONSTRUCTION.-For the purposes of this section, a word or digital image that clearly indicates the sexual content of the site, such as "sex" or "porn", is not misleading.(d) DEFINITIONS.-As used in this section-(1) the terms "material that is harmful to minors" and "sex" have the meaning given such terms in section 2252B; and(2) the term "source code" means the combination of text and other characters comprising the content, both viewable and nonviewable, of a web page, including any website publishing language, programming language, protocol or functional content, as well as any successor languages or protocols.Added Pub. L. 109-248, title VII, §703(a), July 27, 2006, 120 Stat. 648.