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Re: Helping Apple get iPod hearing protection right


I have no specific knowledge of the law, but I am a parent
of a child in the USA with an IPod ...

It is inconceivable to me that there would be any legal
impediment in the USA to a parent utilizing a "volume lock"
to protect their child's hearing (assuming that said child
is under 18 years of age).  In fact, the governement
has gone to considerable effort to support a "V-Chip"
in televisions to allow more parental control over
viewing choices made by their children.

>From a practical standpoint, I reckon it is much more
likely that the children will "outsmart" the parents
and develop methods of defeating the volume lock ...

Best regards, Scott.

On Thu, 30 Mar 2006 09:36:34 +0200
Toth Laszlo <tothl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Wed, 29 Mar 2006, lazzaro wrote:
> > 	Apple released a software update
> > today for iPods, that lets users set a
> > maximum dB level for the device, and
> > lets parents lockdown the maximum dB level
> > of their children's iPod with a combination
> > lock.
> > 	While of course legal considerations
> > were a factor here,
> I know it's not "auditory", but the legal considerations really sound
> interesting to me. Do parents have the right to do that in a country like
> the USA??
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