• Who is eligible to receive royalties from PACC?
• How do you become an affiliate of PACC?
• What is PACC’s royalty distribution policy?
Canadian rightsholders of audiovisual works are eligible including independent produc-
ers, private broadcasters, public broadcasters, and agents working on behalf of
Canadians. More than 450 rightsholders have chosen PACC as their representative.
To collect royalties, you need to become a PACC affiliate. To begin, you’ll need to com-
plete two forms, an Authorization Form and a . Prior to royalty
payout, affiliates are asked to confirm that they are the appropriate recipient of royalties
for specified programs, rights, time periods, and countries. PACC provides this informa-
tion when royalties are due to be released.
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Fill out the Authorization Form. [download]
This instructs PACC to collect royalties on your behalf and distribute them to you. Please
download two copies, sign them, and send them to PACC. One countersigned copy will
be returned to you.
Considering using a third-party agent? We’re happy to discuss this option with you. You’ll
want to consider their fee, payment schedule, and relevant withholding tax and foreign
Are you collecting on behalf of the rightsholder? If you’re an agent acting on behalf of
someone else, please follow these guidelines. [download]
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PACC allocates and distributes royalties in a fair, equitable, non-discriminatory, and effi-
Payments are made promptly, and not less than annually.
There is no membership fee or cost associated with affiliation. A not-for-profit company,
PACC distributes all royalties to affiliates after deducting costs of administration.
A general reserve of 10 percent held for a limited time to cover errors and omissions as
well as unforeseen costs.
When program(s) are registered by two or more affiliates, parties are contacted and
asked to resolve their differences. Decisions must be submitted in writing to PACC.
On occasion, collection of royalties by PACC from another society is blocked because
another rightsholder (affiliated with another organization) has made a claim to royalties
for the same program(s). Dispute resolution policies differ from society to society, and
PACC and those it represents are bound to work within these rules. PACC keeps its affili-
ates current on disputes, and what must be done to resolve them successfully.
Every reasonable effort is made to identify rightsholders, locate them, and ensure that
they claim and receive royalties.
When a rightsholder cannot be located, lists of orphans are published each year on this
site. A notification is sent to all affiliates. More.
Information about affiliates, their programs, and royalties is not shared without consent.
The only exception is in the case of conflicting claims (see above).
Royalty distribution policies were formulated, approved, and adopted by PACC’s Board of
Directors. All policy changes must be approved by the Board.
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