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After a three-year campaign, the IETF has cleared the way for a new HTTP status code to reflect online censorship.
The new code – 451 – is in honor of Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 in which books are banned and any found are burned.
The idea is that rather than a web server, proxy or some other system returning a 403 code to a browser when information is blocked – i.e. you are not authorized to see it – the 451 status code will mean "unavailable for legal reasons." Specifically, according to a draft RFC:
a limited number of status codes