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

Non-Title Specific Distributions

Non-title specific distributions occur when it is impossible or impractical to collect information on the actual works copied under our licence, for example, in some government departments or universities and colleges (except for coursepack copying).

In these situations, Access Copyright collects royalties from our licensees on a per-student or employee basis. These royalties are then distributed 50/50 between affiliated creators and publishers. Affiliated writers and visual artists receive these royalties through Payback.

Additionally, an allocation of 15% of all revenue available for distribution (split 50-50 between our creators and publisher affiliates) in recognition of the value our affiliates provide to our repertoire.

The formula we use to distribute Payback annually includes two steps.

Step One - 40% of the Payback pool is distributed equally amongst all creators.

Step Two - 60% of the Payback pool is distributed to writers and visual artists depending on what type of publication (i.e. books, magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers) their work was featured in and how much they published. The more you publish, the greater your Payback payment.

You will be eligible for Payback as long as you registered with Access Copyright by the end of the previous year.

For example, if you become an affiliate of Access Copyright by the end of 2022, you will be eligible for Payback starting in 2023.

Additionally, you must complete a supplementary claim listing the genre of works you have published, how much you have published and when you have published for a certain time period to receive a full Payback payment. For example, the 2022 supplementary payment was based on works published between 2001 and 2020. Statistical analysis has shown that works published between these years are most likely to be copied.

Want more information on our royalty distributions? Check out our royalty distribution schedule for 2024. Click here for more information on our royalty distributions as well as how we split royalties between creators and publishers.