An onerous contract for the new TV talent competition Songland, executive produced by Dave Stewart, The Voice's Audrey Morrissey and Maroon 5 singer and The Voice star Adam Levine, has been updated to address public backlash over a clause concerning song ownership.
The clarification comes on the heels of a scathing legal opinion by New York intellectual property attorney Wallace E.J. Collins III Esq. who wrote on his personal blog, "URGENT WARNING: BEWARE OF NBC/UNIVERSAL'S "SONGLAND" SUBMISSION FORM." According to the post by Collins, a former songwriter and recording artist for Epic, per his bio, "The NBC/Universal submission agreement for the 'Songland' TV show states that NBC will own all rights to use and exploit all of your songs involved in the show including the songs you submit in the initial application."
NBC has since updated the original Songland contract for clarity.