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In response to another thread on the merits of paying some for profit school to learn about photography, I thought it may be helpful to some photographers if I helped compile a list of free resources. None of these courses will give that little piece of paper saying you have a Degree in Photography, but that overpriced piece of paper will never get you a job or sell one more photo for you. For the most part, people hire or buy work from visual artists based on strength portfolio, not resume. This is not to disparage real brick and mortar college or university programs, where you have interaction, networking and critique with and by in person teachers and fellow students. That can be valuable. But an online course lacks that personal interaction, and if the same knowledge can be gained for free, why pay? Here is a partial list. The resources are numerous, so feel free to add any reputable, free courses you may know of as well. Free intro to advanced courses from MIT: https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/find-by-topic/#cat=finearts&subcat=visualarts&spec=photography
The U.S. is currently negotiating a new free trade agreement. It is called The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The negotiations are secret so the only documents available have been leaked. Part of the agreement covers Intellectual Property rights and extension of Copyright. This website is vehemently against it, but it sounds like a positive step for photographers and other content providers. I would be nice if there were more countries as signatories to the treaty as it would require them to adopt U.S. copyright laws. Trade unions here in the U.S. are opposed to the agreement, probably with good reason as it open up new countries for exploitation by business and the offshoring of factories and jobs. Millions of good paying manufacturing jobs have left the country now and wages here are at a historical low. I thought this may be of interest to all the content providers here. You can Google TPP for more info. Here is a BBC article.