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Is the dictionary that he wrote still in copyright, or has it entered the public domain? If not, who owns the rights to it?

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I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not a Torah question but a legal one. – Shmuel Brin Jun 9 '15 at 6:08
@ShmuelBrin, this is a close one, but given sufficient motivation, it could be on topic. I'm going with leaving open because the most obvious motivation for the question is the desire to publish a new version (electronic or in print), which in the case of this dictionary is Judaism motivated. – Yishai Jun 9 '15 at 18:29
@Yishai The Halachic question is a dup. The legal question is off topic. – Shmuel Brin Jun 9 '15 at 20:02
@ShmuelBrin, a dupe of what? – Yishai Jun 9 '15 at 20:11
@ShmuelBrin, this is not a legal question, best addressed to a lawyer; it's a Jastrow Dictionary question, best addressed to someone who knows about the Jastrow Dictionary. Given that this is a volume used pretty much exclusively in the study of Judaism, it's fair to expect that experts on Judaism would know something about it. – Isaac Moses Jun 9 '15 at 20:27
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I believe it's been out of copyright for a while. You can access the whole book online here: http://www.tyndalearchive.com/TABS/Jastrow/

It's also available on Google Books, though I only found Vol. 2 there.

Vol 1 and Vol 2 are available on Hebrewbooks.org.

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I'm not so sure about that. The edition I have (Judaica Press, 1989) carries a copyright of theirs from 1971 (even though the original was published in 1903 and should surely have expired by then). – Alex Sep 6 '10 at 2:08
It should be that that contents are out of copyright, but the layout(the way the specific pages look) is still under copyright, but the most recent publishers. – Rabbi Michael Tzadok Sep 6 '10 at 12:41
The 1989 (and 1971, I guess) editions are facsimiles of the 1903 one. So there's no new layout to be copyrighted. – Alex Sep 6 '10 at 17:26
@Alex, Sometimes booksellers/publishers will try to assert copyright when they have none. – Seth J Feb 27 '12 at 19:46

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