I will be completely honest.
I just started designing for profit, it is about 10 months, I sell my graphics and I have made some good sales that looks like a very promising future.
When I started I was using everything I could for free, from styles to fonts to everything.
The reason that I did that was because I couldn't afford at all to buy the materials I needed.
I was jobless living with my mother....it was either money for the super market or graphics, I hope you get the picture!
When I saw that things are getting serious with some sales and people liked my work I started buying graphics I couldn't make myself.
I also donate to various artists that I have used their work.
I have my eye at some fonts I purposely didn't download from here that im planning buying because they are very low price right now.
Downpoint: To create a fully professional environment for designing I need 5-6K for fonts only...let alone other materials.....
I don't have that kind of money...
but I have the dignity when I make some money to make purchases, donate etc...
There is a lot of work at everything from people out there who deserve their money!
Like Desire font, the guy put 7000 hours!!!!
What I think about a forum like this?
It is God Blessed forum! the same I think for torrents.
Is it "ethical"?
yes, it is, it gives the chance to people like me who doesn't have the money upfront to create something, to make something.
It comes to an ideology, give me the tools and I will be able to make something with it.
Would someone abuse it? im sure people will abuse such resources and never pay.
But from my experience dealing with customers NOT A SINGLE PERSON try to avoid payment!
I have made custom orders for dozens of people before payment and non of them try to avoid payment.
There are many wonderful people out there and those who will abuse such forum are a very small minority.
On the other hand, there are people who don't create for profit and just want to have fun but they cannot afford materials.
My opinion on this? don't stop creativity because lack of money. If someone is the kid of Bill Gates and comes here to download stuff, then that's sad, but someone who wants to make something using the recourses here, uploading his/her work to devianart, blogs etc... actually makes free advertisement.
I really don't think it will "hurt" financially anyone because the person wouldn't buy it from the beginning.
The same I hear for torrents, that musicians are loosing money. Yeah, because Beiber sings such masterpieces that the poor guy should be showered in billions....
It brakes my heart to see the Mozarts of today having such a hard time!
I think I stop listening to todays music since Anastasia.
when the music industry will have some serious artists people buy their work, like I did and I have a huge collection of the best singers/groups in the 70s, 80s, 90s....I only bought a couple of cds from the 00s
(notice I stop at the 90s, there is a reason for that...)