The use of any portion of one television program or theatrical motion picture in another television program or theatrical motion picture is called an excerpt. Payments are based upon fixed rates that vary according to the length of the excerpt, where the excerpt is used, and how many excerpts are used in the program.

For "compilation" programs (e.g., "best of" or "anniversary programs"), an aggregate payment, based on the length of the program, is due for use of the excerpts included therein. The Guild then allocates the aggregate payment among the credited writer(s) of the programs from which the excerpts were used.