RFC 7725, "An HTTP Status Code to Report Legal Obstacles", February 2016Source of RFC: httpbis (art)
Errata ID: 5969
Publication Format(s) : TEXT
Reported By: Robert Rothenberg
Date Reported: 2020-01-29
Rejected by: Barry Leiba
Date Rejected: 2020-01-29
Section 3 says:
This status code indicates that the server is denying access to the resource as a consequence of a legal demand.
It should say:
This status code indicates that the server is denying access to the resource as a consequence of a legal demand or contractual restrictions to content.
There are many cases where documents are not available in a part of the world because of contractual obligations, rather than legal ones.
For example, a television network may only have the rights to stream a video in a specific country. This is a legal requirement to comply with a contract. Visitors from other countries should receive an HTTP 451.
This is not an erratum: the document says what it was intended to say at the time it was written.