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New HTTP Error Code 451 Launched

As legal take-down requests increase – the Internet Engineering Task Force has launched a brand new HTTP status code specifically designed to showcase that a page is unavailable for legal reasons. The new error code, named 451, is a tribute to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The official draft states:

This status code indicates that the server is denying access to the resource as a consequence of a legal demand.

Error 451 pages are designed to be rather detailed, showcasing all the key information regarding the blocking order – including links to the court order and a reference to the law that allowed the blocking to take place.

 

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Michael Boguslavskiy is a full-stack developer & online presence consultant based out of New York City. He's been offering freelance marketing & development services for over a decade. He currently manages Rapid Purple - and online webmaster resources center; and Media Explode - a full service marketing agency.

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