Convicted pedophile Gary Glitter will not receive music royalties from 'Joker,' report says

Key Points
  • The inclusion of Glitter's 1972 hit "Rock and Roll Part 2" in the R-rated comic book film had sparked an intense backlash from moviegoers.
  • Speaking to the LA Times in an interview published Friday, the label Snapper Music, which owns Glitter's songs, said that the 75-year old "does not get paid — we've had no contact with him."
  • In the same report, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) also said it was not paying music royalties to Glitter.
Joaquin Phoenix portrays Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. "Joker."
Warner Bros.

The rights holders to music by convicted pedophile Gary Glitter have reportedly said that the disgraced former glam rock star will not receive any royalties after one of his songs was featured in the box-office hit "Joker."

The contentious inclusion of "Rock and Roll Part 2" in the R-rated comic book film had sparked an intense backlash from moviegoers, with many concerned about the prospect of Glitter receiving lucrative music royalties.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was jailed for a total of 16 years in 2015 for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of having sex with a girl under 13. All six offenses were committed in the 1970s and 1980s. He was first jailed in 1999 when he admitted to possessing images of child abuse.

Snapper Music, an independent London-based music label that has owned the master rights to Glitter's songs since February 1997, told CNBC it has not paid any royalties to the 75-year old.

Glitter "is not entitled to, nor have we paid, any royalties or share of synch fees or other monies from the catalogue," a spokesperson from Snapper Music said via email.

In the U.S., rights to the songwriting of "Rock and Roll Part 2" belong to Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), which represents Glitter, and BMG, which represents Mike Leander.

The 1972 hit was co-written by Glitter and Leander. It plays for approximately two minutes as Joaquin Phoenix, who has received rave reviews for his portrayal of the eponymous villain in the movie, dances down a long flight of steps.

UMPG was not immediately available for comment when contacted independently by CNBC on Tuesday.

However, in a report published by the LA Times late last week, a representative from the publishing group said it was not paying any music royalties to Glitter.

"Gary Glitter's publishing interest in the copyright of his songs is owned by UMPG and other parties, therefore UMPG does not pay him any royalties or other considerations," the LA Times report said.

'Joker' stirs controversy, tighter security, but ticket sales strong
'Joker' stirs controversy, tighter security, but ticket sales strong

"Joker" smashed box-office records in its opening weekend earlier this month, with Warner Bros. hauling in $93.5 million in the U.S. alone. It marked the highest debut for a film released in October in cinematic history.

The film, directed by Todd Phillips, has reportedly earned nearly $550 million worldwide in two weeks.