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Payback for Writers and Payback for Visual Artists

Update (November 28)

The good news is that we issued the annual Payment payment to creator affiliates on November 14, the bad news is that our financial institution has alerted us to a glitch in their system that has caused some issued cheques to be denied when cashed. 

It appears that this problem is isolated to a very small percentage of the cheques issued for the Payback distribution but we are awaiting more details from our bank, which is working hard to fix this problem as soon as possible. If you are among the individuals affected, please let us know at and we will reimburse you for any banking fees you have incurred as well as re-issue your cheque to you.

Thanks for your patience. We will post an update as soon as we have more information.


Access Copyright distributed this year’s Payback payment to our creator affiliates the week of November 11.

This year’s payment included a base portion of $64.50 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

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. For estate affiliations, your distribution report was included in the mailing we sent to you for your payment.

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. The distribution report uses the same format as the reports Access Copyright has sent to you in the past. We hope online reporting will provide your distribution details to you more efficiently. 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.