Among the artists photographed above are many, many others whose world-wide hits have now been banned from being featured on websites in China. Reason? Being ‘out of tune with the country’s cultural authorities.’ According to the Ministry of Culture, they are aiming to regulate “order” on the Internet music market, adding songs that “harm the security of state culture must be cleaned up and regulated under the law”. The notice was just issued on August 19th and contained four new Lady Gaga songs, ”The Edge of Glory,”, “Hair”, “Marry the Night” and “Bloody Mary”. The three main cateories responsible for putting a song on this black list are sex, politics or religion. Boy band The Backstreet Boys, American R&B singer Beyonce, Canada’s Simple Plan and British pop group Take That all had songs on the list. By the way, this is the third list to be issued by the Chinese Government. There are also songs on the list by Asian artists, not just American and this list has been growing since well before 2000. Since last year in 2010, China has required all songs posted on music websites to receive prior approval, in a move the government said was aimed at controlling content and rampant piracy. Pirated music in China is said to account for as much as 99 percent of all downloads, according to industry estimates. The full list is mostly in Chinese but there’s also a Google translated version. Do you agree with the Chinese Government? Why or why not?