“Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” sparked controversy when it was released. The Inner London Education Authority called it “scandalous,” and the government of South Africa even banned the song. Islington Green School’s headteacher did not allow the students who participated to appear in a music video for the song, per the Evening Standard. Despite the issue, the children’s parents said that it was a great experience for their kids. Reports say that the school was given £1,000 compensation (approximately $10,000 in today’s money) for the students’ vocals and a platinum record, but royalties weren’t discussed “At the time we didn’t think of it in terms of money, more of the experience,” Alun Renshaw said.

In 2004, a royalties agent named Peter Rowan filed a £6,000 claim on behalf of the students. He contacted one of the students who participated, Peter Thorpe, who said, “We were just taken to the studios and it was great fun. I didn’t realize royalties were owed and I’m very glad to be in a position to claim them.” However, as reported by MTV, the other students weren’t interested in the case. To be clear, Rowan stated that the money would not come from Pink Floyd but from the music royalties society. In the end, about five of the 23 children received about £300 each (via Herald Courier).