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Thread: Why is Disabling DVD Lockout Illegal?

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    Why is Disabling DVD Lockout Illegal?

    *Note, I'm not talking about the driver watching a movie, but rather the passengers.

    Hi all. I recently posted a few threads asking how to disable the DVD lockout on a Caddy CTS while the car is in drive, and they were locked. I was later informed (to my surprise) that disabling this was an illegal activity. Obviously it's not smart to watch DVD's as the driver, but it sure would make family trips a lot more fun if the others could watch a movie.

    Now I'm well aware that a lot of us modify our cars to a more illegal degree than the factory can get away with, so I understand why this seems to not apply in the aftermarket.

    Nonetheless, the car still has navigation, radio, etc to mess with and look at while you're driving. I always assumed the DVD lockout was to cover legal liability for GM, but not illegal for us to alter. God knows many of us can watch DVD's in our custom setups.

    So what exactly does the law state in regards to this.
    - That you can't have DVD's played from a front seat position in drive?
    - Nothing?
    - That you cannot alter a factory lockout, but aftermarket vendors don't need to comply with this?
    - Does the law only apply to DVD's? So would checking e-mail at 80mph be legal?

    *I'm not asking how to disable the lockout, I'm asking to clarify what seems to be a rather fuzzy law.

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    it is illegal by federal law for any full motion video be within the drivers view

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    Quote Originally Posted by BQuicksilver
    Hi all. I recently posted a few threads asking how to disable the DVD lockout on a Caddy CTS while the car is in drive, and they were locked. I was later informed (to my surprise) that disabling this was an illegal activity.

    Now I'm well aware that a lot of us modify our cars to a more illegal degree than the factory can get away with, so I understand why this seems to not apply in the aftermarket.

    Nonetheless, the car still has navigation, radio, etc to mess with and look at while you're driving. I always assumed the DVD lockout was to cover legal liability for GM, but not illegal for us to alter. God knows many of us can watch DVD's in our custom setups.

    So what exactly does the law state in regards to this.
    - That you can't have DVD's played from a front seat position in drive?
    - Nothing?
    - That you cannot alter a factory lockout, but aftermarket vendors don't need to comply with this?
    - Does the law only apply to DVD's? So would checking e-mail at 80mph be legal?

    *I'm not asking how to disable the lockout, I'm asking to clarify what seems to be a rather fuzzy law.

    There is no place, that I know of, that allows DVD to be visible to the
    driver while the vehicle is in motion.

    Most aftermarket vendors and installers that install in the front do have
    some sort of lockout.

    Many places prohibit the use of "business" applications such as e-mail
    from being used while driving.

    Mostly what is safe is music control/car control/climate control/gps.
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    Moving pictures in the view of the driver is illegal.

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    And I'm sorry you didn't agree with your ThreadS being locked,
    but a simple search would have led you to your answers as well as using
    a little common sense. The lockout was on there for a reason...(use your
    brain)

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    Quote Originally Posted by frodobaggins
    And I'm sorry you didn't agree with your ThreadS being locked,
    but a simple search would have led you to your answers as well as using
    a little common sense. The lockout was on there for a reason...(use your
    brain)

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    Read closer, I don't mind the threads being locked, I just was fully unaware this was illegal. How many SUV's/day do you see with 3 video monitors playing as they cruise along? And I'm familiar enough with forum etiqette to search before asking.

    The insults are pretty uncalled for IMHO.

    Let's stay on topic, Frodo. I'd prefer discussing the legal question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frodobaggins
    Constructive.

    Okay, now that Frodo feels better...

    Now I've heard that it's state specific "Depends on the state" per PM from a slightly irritable moderator.

    And we have a comment that this is a federal law above.

    And does anyone know if the law is more specific than "moving image"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BQuicksilver
    Now I've heard that it's state specific "Depends on the state" per PM from a slightly irritable moderator.

    And we have a comment that this is a federal law above.

    And does anyone know if the law is more specific than "moving image"?
    Have you considered contacting your state or local law enforcement to get the answer? Perhaps even a lawyer familiar with the laws where you are.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Let's say this... if I see you driving down the highway I'm on, watching a movie, I'm finding the heaviest object I won't miss and throwing it out of the window at you... How stupid is it to watch tv while driving... Now, if you have a passenger that is watching a movie, that is a little different... but I'd still have to say it would be dangerous becuase the driver would still be glancing over at the screen... It'd be too hard not to.

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