After several years of debate, we will now have a new HTTP error specifically for sites that have been taken down due to court orders and other legal actions. Error 451, of which you can see an example of here, will contain information on where the page is blocked, the law against which it transgressed and a link to the court case and other pertinent information such as when the court order expires. 451 Unavailable will keep a record of the sites which are blocked if you are curious about what sites are being blocked around the world.
"The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) has finally approved the new 451 status code for HTTP error messages involving web pages which have been repressed or removed for legal or political reasons. The initiative was proposed in 2013, and gained interest from various groups, such as Lumen (formerly Chilling Effects), who see the potential of the Bradbury-inspired code to help develop comprehensive indexes of censorship on the internet."
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