That's basically the proposal here as they are talking about peer reviewed articlesIf it's stuff that's ALREADY public knowledge but simply hiding behind a paywall I don't have a problem with it being released for free.
Let's be frank : the concurrence (and so the "paranoia about being out-published) is so strong in science that it would be dumb for any research team to release informations before publishing it
And once it is published it goes "public" (well obviously with the pay per view or pay wall the public is restricted to research centers, libraries and universities i.e other scientists)
Making it trully public to average joe will not hurt AND it may help small schools/research centers to have access to advanced research articles without wasting a penny
Because with the system as it is nowadays, it has become very expensive to reach some sources while in the meantime, institutions credits are vanishing
Frankly i'd rather pay for some materiel for my experiments rather than have to pay to access a full article
To put the things in perspective : a paywall access fee of 50 $ for a single aticle is worth 50 reactions of PCR genotyping, 5x 1000 kb sequencing, hundred of reaction tubes, several liters of culture medium etc etc
When you know that you need between 25 and 50 references to writte an article, you can see that the money intended to carry on your research can dry very quickly just to writte a single publication