For example the famous RAND book “A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates”:
Obviously the cover and design is covered by copyright but is there anything stopping anyone from stripping those off, putting their own cover on it and selling it? Legally I mean, obviously it would make no economic sense to do so. This page indicates “works without an author / facts” cannot be copyrighted:
From that page: “a work has to have a requisite level of creativity in order to qualify for copyright protection and if a work is just a repetition of facts without any creativity, it isn’t protected. This is true even if a great deal of effort went into making the product, as with a phone book.”
What says the dope?