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Is there a valid ground for 'friends of wikipedia' (volunteers, general public supporters etc) to file a case to make trade secrets and patents open to public, if the R&D team ever used wikipedia for work?

Wikipedia's copyleft (creative commons share alike) license for its free content explicitly states that all derivative works be shared under same license. But I know for a fact that many in industrial (and even academic) R&D routinely use wikipedia content to help them during their work that eventually leads to proprietary formulas (trade secrets) and patent. Hence my question above.

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I believe the creative commons and copyleft refer to copyrights, not ideas. Since facts on wikipedia must be sourced from something outside wikipedia (no original research) someone finding out those facts via wikipedia doesn't change the nature of those facts. –  George White Aug 21 at 16:22
You are right. Thanks! I now feel stupid for asking that question :-S –  crackjack Aug 22 at 14:33

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