Why do you want steemit to allow their code to be forked without approval?
The licence is a protection for everyone who invested in steem.
there is no way a fork will ever have a greater share the 'social crypto' market than Steem
Steem is far from perfect. As you mentionned there is some distribution issues, I wrote a lenghty post about this here https://steemit.com/steemit-ideas/@snowflake/what-if-i-told-you-i-ve-uncovered-a-top-secret-community-this-community-is-so-secretive-that-if-you-want-to-work-your-way-up-its
If someone can fork steem and solve these issues, then the fork will stand a very high chance of being more succesfull than steem and everyone's investment will become worthless.
I was really surprised by the move made by the founders to support golos and allow them to fork, if you want to shake investors's confidence there is no better way to do it than that. And merely for a language barrier issue, that's the part that got me concerned.