Down By Law
August 15, 2013 8:46 AM Subscribe
posted by jenkinsEar (30 comments total)
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ISPs often don't say why a website is blocked and court orders are rarely voluntarily published. So when sites are blocked, it's really hard to find out why.
is here to help ISPs make it clear why websites are blocked and to encourage courts to publish blocking orders.
Error 451 is a new error code to be shown when people visit websites blocked for legal reasons.
Courts can require ISPs to block access to certain websites. Showing the Error 451 message makes it clear when a website has been blocked after a court order.
In the UK, the websites that have been blocked so far have linked to content that infringes copyright.
In some countries, websites that contain material criticising the government are blocked. Access to the online work of journalists and opposition groups can be restricted.