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

Payback for Writers and Payback for Visual Artists


Access Copyright will be distributing this year’s Payback payment to our creator affiliates in mid- to late-November.

If you are receiving this year’s payment by direct deposit, please leave up to five business days for your bank to process the payment.

All creators affiliated with Access Copyright as of December 31, 2013 will be receiving a Payback payment this year. All creators will receive a base payment and all those who have completed a Payback claim in the past five years will receive a supplementary payment. 

The supplementary payment is based on the three factors:

  • The genre of works you have published (books, magazines, journals and newspapers)
  • How much you have published
  • When you have published (this year’s supplementary payment will be based on works published between 1993 and 2012. Statistical analysis has shown that works published between these years are most likely to be copied)

More information on this year’s payment can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions piece.

Additionally, you can email us anytime with your questions to

Changed your address recently? You can update your contact information through our Payback Management System.

Want to tweet about your Payback payment? Please use the hashtag #ACPayback.

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