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

The 2018 Payback claim period is now closed.

This year’s payment will be distributed in November to all creators affiliated with Access Copyright as of December 31, 2017.

All creators will receive the Payback base payment and those who have claimed works published between 1997 and 2016 will receive a supplementary payment, which will be calculated based on the total amount of works claimed for those years.

If you have any questions about this year’s Payback, please contact Royalty and Client Services at

Receive your payment faster this November by signing up for direct deposit.

New Ways to Engage Through I Value Canadian Stories


Updated letters have been posted to the I Value Canadian Stories website. If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to visit and send a letter to the members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC) who are collectively responsible for the current Copyright Act review.

Every action you take in support of Canadian creators and publishers will make a difference.

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.

Haven’t signed the updated affiliation agreement?

Updating your agreement enhances Access Copyright’s ability to react to technological change in our representation of your rights and strengthens the collective position for all affiliated creators.


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