I recently stumbled on Envato Elements’ website. For those unaware, they give you access to a huge library of content for a monthly fee. You get access to fonts, mockups, templates, wordpress themes etc…
It looked really appealing to me, considering how much time it could save you to have everything in the same place and ready to use.
But then I started asking myself if it was really ok to use that in all cases. Let’s say I have a client asking for a poster announcing a big event, like a concert. I could find a great (yes, most of them are really good) template on Envato, do minor changes in less than an hour, and have a high quality poster ready to go.
But is it ethical? I know I obviously own a commercial licence and I am legally allowed to do what I just described. But where does it end? When should I make my own original content? And why would I ever want to when I see the unlimited library of free (if you subscribe) templates you got.