Yeah, back when men used to club women over the head and drag them into the cave. Dread lest times change and we progress further up Maslow's hierarchy from physical needs (caveman sex) to love/belonging (Brook's view of sexual intimacy) to self-actualization (spontaneity and problem-solving).
he points out that the restrictions on licenses, such as the LGPL, simply are too complex and too restrictive for some developers, and the end result is fewer developers, which is the last thing you should want
This seems an attempt to dictate the definition of value. Just as "free is not a business model" is an attempt to dictate that the value is in the selling of a good instead of the larger market, "fewer developers...is the last thing you should want" attempts to dictate that project value comes from developers. For some developers, the value is in the freedom afforded to the and users instead of amassing developer following. Those developers usually choose a GPL variant (LGPL, GPL2, GPL3, AGPL3) in accordance with their values and intent.
"create an intermediary, sort of like an ASCAP for the newspaper industry, which suggests a near total misunderstanding of the differences between news and music"
Unfortunately for much of modern news, music and news both now get classified as entertainment. I can watch 60 minutes of "news" or open my local newspaper, wherein I will find celebrity gossip, top-10 best sellers, top-10 music run-downs, cooking segments/columns, interviews with personalities, restaurant reviews, a few sports highlights, teasers for upcoming "news" segments and future prime-time broadcasts, ad. nauseum. The "news" portion of the show is nigh non-existent. What happened to on-site reporting, in-depth analysis, local event coverage, and other "news"? Oh, wait, that's what my RSS reader is for.