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 the week of October 5.

All creators affiliated with Access Copyright as of December 31, 2019 are eligible for this year's payment.

If you receive royalties from us by cheque, it will be mailed out to you on October 9.

If you receive royalties from us by direct deposit, please allow up to two business days after October 9 (please note October 12 is a statutory holiday) for your payment to appear in your bank account.

This year’s payment includes a base portion of $57.63 and a supplementary portion if you have made a Payback claim in the past based on the type and amount of work you have reported.

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

Receive your payment faster and save a trip to the bank by signing up for direct deposit.

How to access your distribution report

Your distribution report, which details this year’s Payback payment to you, is available in your online portal account. To review the report, please visit the creator portal and login with your user name and password.

Unsure of your login credentials? Email us at and we would be pleased to assist you.

How to access your report: After logging into the portal, you’ll see your distribution letter and report on the left side of your screen. If you prefer to receive paper notifications and reports, please email us at and we would be happy to coordinate this for you.

For Safari users: you will need to perform one extra step to access your distribution report. After downloading it, you will notice it will appear as a text file. Please find the report file in your Download folder and remove the ".txt" of the file name in order to access your PDF copy of your report.