Arts & Culture Canada Writing

An Unexpected Cheque in the Mail

Although I’ve been writing and publishing—both literary and visual work—for over 25 years, I only heard about the Access Copyright recently. It’s a Canadian government licensing body (established 1988) that collects fees from organizations for their right to copy protected work; it distributes money annually to affiliates.

I got busy collecting the data (e.g., photocopies of publications) to prove that I was a published author and artist, and applied for my share of the funds. Note: you don’t have to have had any of your work copied specifically in order to benefit.

And then I forgot about it.

Almost a year later, I reached into my mailbox and pulled out a business-size envelope with a cellophane window: “Pay to the order of …”

My first ever royalty cheque. Really?! OMG! Whoot, whoot! $94.22. Not a big deal, but … SUCH a big deal! Makes me almost feel like a “professional” (so often difficult for an artist to feel).

So, make sure to set yourself up—protect your rights—share in the earnings. Contact https://accesscopyright.ca/ and get the ball rolling. And, this time next year, let’s go out and celebrate together.

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