Learn about creator affiliation, the Payback payment, and other royalties and services for writers and visual artists.

Payback for Writers and Payback for Visual Artists

Access Copyright will distribute this year’s Payback payment to our creator affiliates during the week of November 13.

If you are receiving royalties from us by direct deposit, please allow up to five business days for your bank to process the payment.

All creators affiliated with Access Copyright as of December 31, 2016 will be receiving a Payback payment this year.

The 2017 base payment for writers and visual artists is $45.20. If you have submitted a Payback claim form in the past, you will also receive a supplementary payment based on the type and amount of work you reported.

As we anticipated, payments this year continue the decline in Access Copyright royalties caused by the education sector’s interpretation of the inclusion of “education” as an allowable fair dealing purpose in the Copyright Act.

More information on this year’s payment by reading our Frequently Asked Questions or emailing us at

This is the time to stand up and take action.


The federal government has launched a review of the Copyright Act.

This is an important opportunity to call on the government to ensure that balance is restored so that creators will once again be fairly compensated for educational copying of their works.

How to get involved: Visit I Value Canadian Stories to explore ways you can make your voice heard, including tools to write to your local MP, share message on social media and encourage your friends to get involved too.

I Value Canadian Stories is an initiative driven by a coalition of associations across the creative industries founded by: Access Copyright, Association of Canadian Publishers, Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens, Canadian Publishers’ Council, News Media Canada, Playwrights Guild of Canada and The Writers' Union of Canada.




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