The Four Literacies we know as Ethics, Privacy, Copyright, and Licensing, greatly affect the way in which we approach works we create especially those works that include humanity as the subject. Ethical literacy is¬†a process of learning and being able to articulate your own moral life. This comes into conflict with subjects that are contrary to your own culture which causes us to write with a particular bias. Say if I, a black american man, started writing a paper about polygamous relationships in India. I would probably write with discontent cause in America polygamy has been seen as perverted and outlawed. This would affect the quality of the paper because I’d be writing from a negative bias which could push me to prove a point rather than give information about said subject. Privacy is another important literacy that varies from person to person. In privacy literacy,¬†readers use the information they have about how their private information will be stored, used, or distributed, combined with their personal philosophy about what information should be public and private, to make informed decisions. Some things about the subject would rather be withheld from the public by the subjects request. If the writer was operating in good faith he would keep the requested information private, or their could be negative repercussions. There are even some cases where the writers have been taken to court over the privacy breaches in their works. An example of this are therapists. Most therapists have a clause within their contract called “Doctor/Patient confidentiality” which means that within certain parameters therapists can’t discuss their findings on their patients or what that patient talks about without that patient’s consent. If the therapist were to breach the patient’s privacy the therapist could face negative consequences like losing a client or even losing their therapy license. The next literacy is copyright. Sufficient copyright knowledge is to be able to take well informed decisions on how to use copyrighted materials. It includes understanding the structure, functioning and implications of the copyright system, as laws, practices, and user expectations evolve. This is when inspiration from other work is incorporated into a new work. The old work must be approved by the original author before being used in the new work or the new author could suffer consequences if said work is released. This required authors to do their research on work they use as to avoid a run in with copyright. Licensing is recognizing the work as being a created entity that now acknowledged that this work now has rights. Those rights being it can used in a mass avenue but also means that it cannot be copied without consent. The work is protected.

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