China Daily reported today that China’s Ministry of Culture has ordered domestic online websites to stop allowing users to play and download over a 100 songs that have failed to go through “official approval procedures.”

Apparently the songs are not banned for censorship reasons, but purely because they have not gone through official approval procedures. The rule is that websites in China must be licensed and approved by the government before offering online music services.

The ministry has issued stern warnings of punishment if China’s search engines and websites did not “immediately cancel” all unapproved songs.

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Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.