A scene in the new Joker The soundtrack for the film is “Rock And Roll Part 2”, a 1972 song by Gary Glitter. Her inclusion has come under criticism as the British glam-rock artist has been convicted of a number of sex crimes, including attempting to have sex with a girl under the age of 13, of rape and four counts of indecent assault. He is currently serving 16 years in prison.
Like The Los Angeles Times reports, Glitter does not receive royalties for the song and would not have seen any money tied to his appearance in Joker. Glitter sold his rights to this song and the rest of his music over two decades ago to London label Snapper Music; In the United States, the song’s profits go to Universal Music Publishing Group, which says they “don’t pay it any royalties or other consideration.”
“Gary Glitter is not getting paid,” an anonymous Snapper Music representative told the Los Angeles Times. “We had no contact with him. People generally come to us. We don’t promote it at all. Joker isn’t the only medium in which “Rock And Roll Part 2″ has featured over the years – it has also appeared in Childhood, My stepfather, my parents and I, Office, and South Park. A music supervisor hypothesized that the Joker The team would likely have paid between $ 100,000 and $ 200,000 for the rights to use the song.
Despite the fact that Glitter wouldn’t see any money from the song, the New York Post reports that the studio from the film Warner Bros. plans to remove the track from future versions of the film on DVD and via video on demand. Director Todd Phillips has apparently been part of the talks to potentially remove the song, although no decision has been made and Warner Bros. did not respond to requests for comment.