Writing code compared with writing literature

I came across this quoted in another article, and found it an interesting way of looking at Closed Source.

"The effect of ownership imperatives has caused there to be no
body of software as literature. It is as if all writers had
their own private companies and only people in the Melville
company could read "Moby Dick" and only those in Hemmingway's
could read "The Sun Also Rises". Can you imagine developing a
rich literature under these circumstances ? Under such conditions,
there could be neither a curriculum in literature nor a way
of teaching writing. And we expect people to learn to program
in this exact context ?"
R.P.Gabriel and R. Goldman, "Mob Software: The Erotic Life of
Code", Proc. ACM Conf. Object-Oriented Programming, Systems,
Languages, and Applications, ACM Press, Oct 2000,