Reminder to share your payments
If you are expecting, or have recently received, a payment from the Copyright Agency and you are not the sole rightsholder, you might need to share the payment with your co-authors or publisher.
We will alert you to this responsibility in the Notes section of your payment summary by defining the payment as either a ‘Default’, ‘Default pre-claimed’, or ‘Nominated recipient’ payment.
These terms indicate that you may be obliged to share some of that particular payment with other parties as defined in your contract with your publisher and/or co-authors.
If you are confused or unclear about your responsibilities, there are several ways you can investigate.
- Head to our Help Centre. We have many useful articles that answer common questions about payments.
- Check your contract. If you receive a payment from us, check your publishing contract for any amount you may need to share.
- Contact your publisher. If you can’t find the contract or are unsure about what to do, your publisher will be able to help.
You don’t have to share a payment if you are the sole rightsholder (e.g. rights have reverted to you from a publisher under your publishing contract) or if Copyright Agency has been notified about all of the shares between the various rightsholders (the contract ‘splits’).
Don’t forget, if you are expecting a payment from the Copyright Agency, check that we have your most up-to-date bank and contact details by logging into your online member account.
For any other questions, contact the Copyright Agency Member Services Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.