Truth in Domain Names Act of 2003 [TDNA] Law and Legal Definition

The Truth in Domain Names Act was introduced to prevent the use of a misleading domain name with the intent to deceive a person into viewing obscenity on the Internet. The Act makes it an offense punishable with fine or imprisonment not more than 2 years, or both. In case it is used to mislead a minor into viewing material that is harmful to minors on the Internet, the punishment comes to imprisonment not more than 4 years, fine or both. Material that is harmful to minors' include any communication that when taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and any material that when taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

The provisions of Truth in Domain Names Act was later incorporated in the PROTECT Act of 2003.