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. Jun 9, 2015 at 6:08
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    @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, 2015 at 18:29
  • @Yishai The Halachic question is a dup. The legal question is off topic. Jun 9, 2015 at 20:02
  • @ShmuelBrin, a dupe of what?
    – Yishai
    Jun 9, 2015 at 20:11
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    @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, 2015 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, 2010 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. Sep 6, 2010 at 12:41
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    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, 2010 at 17:26
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    @Alex, Sometimes booksellers/publishers will try to assert copyright when they have none.
    – Seth J
    Feb 27, 2012 at 19:46

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