I hope you don't mind me asking this, but isn't it a requirement that it would all have to be open source?
To be clear, I totally understand you wanting to protect your time invested in order to see a worthy return (and I sincerely hope you do), but wouldn't making only some of it open source mean that the end user is using part-proprietory stuff?
If I were to make a commercially viable product with the current Axo for example, and decided that the physical aspect of the board simply is not viable for my product, then if I'm understanding correctly, I could, if I had the know-how, use Johannes' schematic as a guide to 'roll my own' purpose-made boards as long as I open source my own version of the board.
But if your own board was part-proprietory, I would not be able to do that if I had prototyped my product based on your board. If that is the case then your board would be no use to me, cause while I'm quite sure I come accross as the village idiot around here, there is actually a very serious businessman inside of me and I'm a lot more savvy in that area than people would ever suspect, and I can tell you without any reservation whatsoever that I totally intended to roll my own boards, guided by Johannes schematic, for use in my own products.
I was under the impression that would be fine as long as I open source my own boards in return, which I am perfectly happy to do. I'll be honest, it's not just your comment that puzzles me, I see similar statements a heck of a lot in this world of open source, and it always baffles me.
With the best of intentions, we all want to protect our time invested especially if we plan to make a business out of what we produce, but can we really protect it without breaking the rules?
I mean crikey, I am even under the impression that if asked for it, I would be forecd to offer-up the Axoloti sketch of any commercial product I create because it had been created using open source software and hardware. That to me is much more of a threat to having any chance of selling my product, than open sourcing my own board layout would be.
My own board layout would be purpose made for my own products, basically just a different layout sans the stuff Johannes put on there that I don't need, replaced with the stuff that I do - for use in my own products.
No intention of putting my own boards on the market as Axoloti boards, I only intend them as my own supply for my own products.