Is there a model of copyright similar to kickstarter where I can produce something and charge for it, and when I make X amount of dollars for it it gets released as open source or creative commons.
As the content author, it would cover costs and maybe give me some reward if it is worthy, it would give people willing to pay more a first crack at my content. Eventually it will get pirated anyway but if it ends up in creative commons or similar anyone can get it.
The theory is that if my work is recognized as good, people willing to pay will get a head start on the story line, tech or knowledge, if it gets accepted then people initially interested can still take advantage of the product later on. Forces me the content maker to keep producing, but I do get some sort of reward that will keep me going by paying bills.
If it is bad, I either improve my product, lower the price, or give up.
Some stuff I was thinking of was like financial information, sports reporting, enhancements to products, product reviews. In a way, I think this is already done with bug bounty programs.