Thank you for being part of the SMPTE digital subscription family. SMPTE digital subscriptions are an exciting way for you to gain knowledge and improve your research.

Individual Subscriptions Guidelines

Recommended Use:

  • Download documents at work for your personal use.
  • Use the documents downloaded via your subscription for further research, patent development, and other functions related to your job responsibilities.
  • Cite downloaded documents in a research paper or patent you are developing for yourself or your employer.
  • Print or photocopy downloaded documents for your individual use

Prohibited Use:

  • Sharing your password or online subscription access with others.
  • Sharing your electronic or printed versions of downloaded documents with others.
  • Downloading more than 20 articles a day, or 75 a month.
  • Accessing your digital library from more than five IP (Internet protocol) addresses and/or devices in 24 hours.
  • Posting any downloaded documents to an organizational or peer-to-peer website.

SMPTE hopes that you get the most out of your subscriptions. To ensure that SMPTE is able to protect its intellectual property, we have established guidelines for member subscriptions. Current subscribers are invited to review the terms of their License Agreement for a complete review of the rights granted and the applicable restrictions.

Misuse of SMPTE Intellectual Property

SMPTE is dedicated to keeping its members and authors safe from the misuse of their intellectual property.  Misuse of SMPTE intellectual property not only hurts SMPTE as an organization, but also SMPTE members, subscribers, and authors. For example:

Unauthorized reproduction, distribution and sharing of SMPTE content may be a violation of copyright law.
SMPTE content from other sources may be unreliable; SMPTE content found on our digital library is the version of record.
The reproduction and distribution of infringing copies of SMPTE intellectual property can impact the financial stability of SMPTE.

Therefore, SMPTE monitors for various forms of intellectual property misuse. For example, SMPTE staff members track usage reporting and employ the use of real-time monitoring tools to detect excessive usage or sharing of SMPTE accounts. When cases of possible misuse surface, the individual is notified and is expected to take measures to ensure SMPTE content is being protected and used appropriately. In cases of extreme misuse, access may be suspended or terminated. Should you become aware of any unauthorized use of SMPTE intellectual property, please contact

SMPTE Account Information

If you feel your library username and password may have been shared or stolen, please contact customer service at
The sharing of login information for a SMPTE member subscription is strictly prohibited. SMPTE reserves the right to suspend or terminate member subscriptions that engage in unauthorized sharing of credentials.