Why is everyone talking about getting paid a commission? You get paid a royalty, the agency takes the commission. Think about it, you get 12% royalty and the agencies take 88% commission. A royalty is an amount paid by a third party to an owner of a product or patent for the use of that product or patent. Commission is an amount earned in exchange for transacting a sale of a product or providing a service. Stop saying you get a commission, it is factually incorrect.