When we find out that we cannot love the creator of something we do love, we feel obligated to not share the creation.
However, if that creator is long dead, the same feelings don't necessarily apply. Who cares if some person three hundred years ago was terrible?
If copyright were returned back to 25 years (which seems hilariously short, but now I think is a little long), would it be okay to praise those works in the public domain? Would the author need to be dead and gone? What's the line?
@dl Depends on who you ask. Death of the author means it doesn't matter at all, since the work does not belong to the author, and only the interpretations of the work regardless of author intent matter. But obviously that concept is not something everyone subscribes to.