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Days ago, Ars reported on a controversial decision by the industry trade group that oversees the global development of Web standards. The decision by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to back a standard for implementing digital rights management (DRM) for Web-based content is now under appeal, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced Wednesday.

Cory Doctorow, the W3C Advisory Committee representative for the EFF, said the digital rights group's appeal is twofold:

1. That the supposed benefits of standardizing DRM at the W3C can't be realized unless there [are] protections for people who engage in lawful activity that DRM gets in the way of; and

2. That the W3C's membership were never polled on whether they wished to institute such protections as part of the W3C's DRM standardization project.

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