Error 451: New Bradbury-inspired HTTP code to show legal censorship
Published time: 22 Dec, 2015 21:32Edited time: 22 Dec, 2015 21:55
A newly approved 451 error code will be used on pages which have been censored by the government for legal reasons. The code number was inspired by the famous dystopian Ray Bradbury novel ‘Fahrenheit 451.’
The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) approved on Monday a new Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) status – code 451 that will be seen by internet users when the page is blocked by government due to ‘legal obstacles.’
“This status code indicates that the server is denying access to the resource as a consequence of a legal demand,” the body, responsible for internet operating standards, said in a statement.
IESG said that it advises the authorities to include the information on who and why blocked a certain website.
However, “it is possible that certain legal authorities might wish to avoid transparency, and not only demand the restriction of access to certain resources, but also avoid disclosing that the demand was made.”
Though it said that in many cases the sites could still be accessed using a VPN or the Tor network.
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Fans of justice will be glad to hear that New York City will pay for all those books and all that media equipment that the police trashed when it famously raided the Occupy Wall Street camp on November 15, 2011. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York just announced a $366,700 settlement in Occupy’s case against the city for the damage caused during the raid as well as all of the legal fees the movement’s poured into seeking retribution. Sound like a lot? Let’s itemize those expenses for you:
The People’s Library ($47,000 in damages, $186,350 in legal fees)
Ray Bradbury probably turned over in his grave, when the New York Police Department went after the 5,500 donated books that Occupy was keeping for the people in Zuccotti Park. First covered in the media by The New Yorker, the so-called People’s Library was so popular it even earned its own blog in the early days of the movement and maintained it long after Zuccotti was empty and the majority of its books destroyed. As Occupy’s lawyer put it, the settlement stood for a lot more than books. “This was not just about money, it was about constitutional rights and the destruction of books,” Normal Siegel told The Village Voice.
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