May 23, 2006 | Suw Charman Anderson

Haranguing the crowds at Speakers Corner

We had the monthly London Copyfighter's Drunken Brunch and Talking Shop on Sunday, and despite the rain we had a good turn out. There are a few photos on Flickr, but it was a dismal day and my camera doesn't much like the rain. I think we actually had some of the most persistent heckling that I've seen so far at Speaker's Corner. There is, of course, always a risk of heckling, but there was one guy who was particularly peeved at our presence and who was very loud and annoying, and another guy with a plastic bag on his head who obviously felt that hats were too pass

Comments (6)

  1. Suw Charman:
    Jul 03, 2006 at 12:45 PM

    Don't forget, we shout at people in the sun too. Or if it's partly cloudy. So far, haven't done it in the snow yet, but it's only a matter of time.

  2. bengoldacre:
    Jul 03, 2006 at 11:02 AM

    i realise you do a lot more but can i just say, for myself, that i would be genuinely delighted to think i had paid £60 a year for a campaign group to shout at people in the rain. if you are not it, can you think of any others that do roughly that?

  3. Tim:
    May 28, 2006 at 12:20 PM

    I'll have the video up soon, Suw... hopefully by the end of the weekend!

  4. Naich:
    Jun 01, 2006 at 11:37 AM

    While this looks like a lot of fun and it's a nice publicity stunt in a very limited way, does ORG have any plans for events that might actually be worthwhile? While my current cirumstances don't allow for active participation, I'm donating money to help the cause and it would be nice to see something a bit more proactive (sorry about that word) than standing in the rain and shouting at people.

  5. Suw Charman:
    Jun 01, 2006 at 12:12 PM

    Copyfighter's is more than just "standing in the rain and shouting at people" - it's about getting people together to talk about copyright issues, to help them understand what others are thinking, to help them practice their arguments and give them ideas for how to express what can be quite esoteric concepts, and help improve people's public speaking skills. All of these things go on to help improve the level of activism around these issues.

    We will be doing other events too - we have an occasional series of networking events where we have one or two people come to speak on digital rights issues which I am hoping we can turn into a regular monthly event. And we are looking at what we can do around the Gowers Review issues too.

    So don't dismiss Copyfighters, but also keep an eye out for the other things we're going to organise.

  6. Jose:
    Jun 09, 2006 at 02:27 AM

    I'm sorry I missed it (although maybe not because of the weather). I found the last copyfighters I attended and podcasted (over 300 listeners btw) very informative and I definitely want to attend another.

    Naich - There's more to Copyfighters than Speakers Corner, that's just the finale. It's mainly a networking event.