47 U.S.C. § 509 : US Code - Section 509: Prohibited practices in contests of knowledge, skill, or chance

Search 47 U.S.C. § 509 : US Code - Section 509: Prohibited practices in contests of knowledge, skill, or chance

    (a) Influencing, prearranging, or predetermining outcome
      It shall be unlawful for any person, with intent to deceive the
    listening or viewing public - 
        (1) To supply to any contestant in a purportedly bona fide
      contest of intellectual knowledge or intellectual skill any
      special and secret assistance whereby the outcome of such contest
      will be in whole or in part prearranged or predetermined.
        (2) By means of persuasion, bribery, intimidation, or
      otherwise, to induce or cause any contestant in a purportedly
      bona fide contest of intellectual knowledge or intellectual skill
      to refrain in any manner from using or displaying his knowledge
      or skill in such contest, whereby the outcome thereof will be in
      whole or in part prearranged or predetermined.
        (3) To engage in any artifice or scheme for the purpose of
      prearranging or predetermining in whole or in part the outcome of
      a purportedly bona fide contest of intellectual knowledge,
      intellectual skill, or chance.
        (4) To produce or participate in the production for
      broadcasting of, to broadcast or participate in the broadcasting
      of, to offer to a licensee for broadcasting, or to sponsor, any
      radio program, knowing or having reasonable ground for believing
      that, in connection with a purportedly bona fide contest of
      intellectual knowledge, intellectual skill, or chance
      constituting any part of such program, any person has done or is
      going to do any act or thing referred to in paragraph (1), (2),
      or (3) of this subsection.
        (5) To conspire with any other person or persons to do any act
      or thing prohibited by paragraph (1), (2), (3), or (4) of this
      subsection, if one or more of such persons do any act to effect
      the object of such conspiracy.
    (b) "Contest" and "the listening or viewing public" defined
      For the purposes of this section - 
        (1) The term "contest" means any contest broadcast by a radio
      station in connection with which any money or any other thing of
      value is offered as a prize or prizes to be paid or presented by
      the program sponsor or by any other person or persons, as
      announced in the course of the broadcast.
        (2) The term "the listening or viewing public" means those
      members of the public who, with the aid of radio receiving sets,
      listen to or view programs broadcast by radio stations.
    (c) Penalties
      Whoever violates subsection (a) of this section shall be fined
    not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or
    both.