By George Stephens • 15 October 2019 • 16:04
Gary Glitter will not be paid for the use of one of his songs in the movie Joker.
British cinema-goers were mortified to find Todd Phillips’ film starring Joaquin Phoenix as the comic book villain, featured song Rock and Roll Part 2, by the convicted sex offender.
Snapper Music and Universal Music Publishing Group, which own the rights to Glitter’s back catalogue said: “Gary Glitter does not get paid – we’ve had no contact with him”.
Universal Music Publishing Group said: “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 song features in a major scene of the film, during which Phoenix’s failed comedian Arthur Fleck makes his transformation into his Joker role. The song plays for around two minutes during the scene.
Glitter is currently behind bars serving a 16-year prison stretch for sexual offences against children. He was convicted in 2015 of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13 and is unlikely to ever be released.
The film itself is highly tipped to win an Oscar even though the paedophile’s music is featured.
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