Error 451 Means Online CensorshipAdded: Saturday, December 26th, 2015
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
You may have noticed that the ISPs are being instructed by courts all over the world to block access to allegedly “pirate” websites. The blockade is usually applied against copyright infringing domains, but the visitors could not always get a proper explanation of why they can’t reach the requested address. Now the Internet Engineering Task Force approved a special HTTP status code for these types of legal demands – error 451. In most cases, HTTP error numbers were arbitrarily chosen, but 451 was not – it actually refers to Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 telling about censorship and suppression of information.
Indeed, industry watchers admit that domain name blocking has become one of the popular methods for the content industries to reduce copyright infringement on the Internet. Today blocking requests from the entertainment industries are widespread all over the world, most of them targeting The Pirate Bay and its peers.
Today all Internet service providers use different notifications to inform their subscribers that a website is blocked. After noticing that some Internet service providers were using the “403 Forbidden” code for such blocks (which is not what it was intended for), the Internet Engineering Task Force suggested and approved a special HTTP status code for legal blockades.
However, ISPs or other parties are not obliged to use the new status. According to the agency, the 451 Unavailable project suggests to use it to provide the Internet users with additional details including a copy of the court order and information on how to challenge it, how long it is expected to last and which legal authority imposed the order.
The agency added that it would encourage broadband providers to show 451 errors for legal blockades, which may eventually reduce the scope of widespread blocking. The most interesting fact here is that the most recent 451 draft already gives users some suggestions how to bypass court ordered blockades on their own – through VPNs and Tor as possible workarounds.
Overall, more openness about court ordered blockades is welcome, particularly since the process is usually shrouded in secrecy. At the same time, the very fact of creating a special HTTP status code for online censorship is quite sad.
This article was sourced with thanks from TorrentFreak.
Saturday, December 26th, 2015
|You learn something every day. Thanks|
|But what they do not realize is that they block the website using the HTTP.... The way around this is to put an S at the end of the HTTP of the blocked website and it will work. So if is blocked by your ISP then use and it will work. Been using that In the U.K for months after Virgin media blocked it.|
|Ok no links aloud but you get what I mean. Use https instead of http on the blocked torrent site.|
|good one Neil .. thx for the article ET.. it drives me up a wall their persistence in trying to control everything we do .. sick of their bs|
|Nice touch Neil .IT WORKS FOR ME|
|Thank You Sam & Neilgroom. Have had no such issues as of yet here in Cali, but will share this with my contacts. Thank You Again.|
|posted by (2015-12-28 18:13:45)|
|yeah, Use https instead of http on the blocked site, i am doing same for ET||
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