HTTP status code 451 will inform users of legal takedowns

December 22, 2015

Via: TechSpot

Most savvy internet users should be familiar with at least a few HTTP status codes. 404, for example, is a common code that informs users when a page can’t be found, and you’ve probably come across others before, such as 403 (forbidden), 500 (internal server error), and 301 (moved permanently).

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has now come up with a new status code that will inform users when a page has been taken down or removed for legal reasons. The code, 451, will be accompanied by an error message stating that the web page is “unavailable for legal reasons.”

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