Inmates in the country's prisons should not be able to make money to write books.
It takes the Danish people's Party and the Social democratic party, which has submitted a proposal for a warns. The proposal at first reading in Parliament today, Friday.
It is among other things, the Hells Angels member Jørn 'Jønke' Nielsen's book 'My life', which has sold more than 150,000 copies, and which through time has ensured the author financial return, among other things, in the form of bibliotekspenge, which falls spokesman Peter Kofod (DF) for the chest.
- the Question is whether, when one has committed serious crimes, should be allowed to make money on to tell you about it or about what led to it. We do not believe that that one should. You have in fact taken something from other people, in some cases also their life and mobility. It is, we think, should not be the cause of that you can put money in your pocket, have Kofod said to Kristeligt Dagblad.
Jørn Jønke Nielsen has on his Facebook page taken to reply, when he believes himself used as an eye-catcher for the proposal. He sees nothing problematic in relation to his bestseller, and the treatment of the killing of Bullshit-the president 'Mackerel', as he in 1988 was convicted of.
'the Moral I have not had some qualms. I wrote the book in an age of 24 years and thought neither of fame or money. At the time perceived myself as being in conflict with everything my drabsoffer stood for. I can easily have the evil of his immediate family, but I do not go out and regret something I do not regret.'
Similar laws regarding the prisoners and the proceeds from the books are already available in the UNITED states and Australia, where public authorities by law have the right to seize the revenue from the book sales and loans.
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If the proposal is adopted, it may, however, be problematic in relation to freedom of expression, professor at the faculty of law at Aalborg University Søren Sandfeld Jakobsen assessed to Kristeligt Dagblad.
- It should be clearer whether it is the specific speech, you are not allowed to make money on. Or whether it is about that because you are in jail, you cannot earn money on its books. It is quite far-reaching in relation to freedom of expression, says the professor.
at the same time, the professor, that the proposal can be problematic in relation to the protection of private property rights.
It touches namely, by the basic principle that one has the right to the money which you earn.
Jørn 'Jønke' Nielsen is in his Facebook lookup in line with the professor.
'As a starting point, I am opposed to restricting free speech, especially prisoners and others with already limited freedom of expression, but in rare cases it may be appropriate and reasonable. In this respect one should remember, however, that prisoners and other criminals 'biographies are most often written by journalists – which, together with the publishers earn money', he writes, among other things.
Moreover, points out he that just for the book 'My life' was written in 1985, while HA-the veteran stayed in Paris - and thus, three years before he was convicted for the killing of 'Mackerel'.
According to HA'erens lookups were killing not in his original handwritten manuscript, but were added separately on the publisher's call.