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"An injunction is a very expensive way to make sure a very boring story reaches the maximum number of people."
Jeremy Clarkson, Have I Got News for You

You do realize no one gave a single solitary shit about this movie until you guys started attacking it, right? Now everyone will go see the movie out of curiosity and/or patriotism!
Seth Rogen, referring to the hackers who targeted Sony, in the Abridged Script for The Interview.

"ITN have been hurriedly going around trying to remove it from YouTube and people keep putting it back up. So now we've broadcast it! Fuck you, ITN!"
Charlie Brooker, You Have Been Watchingnote 

"The lawsuit eventually fell through, although not before ensuring that millions of people stared in confusion at an innocuous photo of Barbra Streisand's backyard. The offending site is still active today, complete with the original photo and a new page containing links to every news story about the spectacle, transcripts of everything Streisand's lawyers sent and a note basically telling her to go fuck herself. Not to mention as a final insult, she was court ordered to pay their legal fees."

"I'm thinking of putting a superinjunction on next year's tour dates, because it does seem a very effective way of getting the word out."

“When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”

"It's not the crime that kills you, it's the cover-up."

"You better download as much free porn as you can before the all-powerful Beyoncé calls up Al Gore and tells him to pull the plug and shut down the entire Internet, because SANS PHOTOSHOP pictures of her face are out there. The Internet was good while it lasted, but we dun goofed."
Michael K., "RIP the Internet"

"I think you can see this is not an innocent developer being attacked and abused by some YouTuber out to profiteer from their hard work. This is a developer who has repeatedly acted in an underhanded way, and continues to do so to this very day. A developer that not only cannot take criticism, but actively goes out to censor it with the sole purpose of selling as many copies of their wretched disaster of a game as possible."

"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."
John Gilmore

"...and right before that I had a meeting where someone said, “How does it feel to be banned from MTV?” I was like, excuse me? Now I think my career’s over. I remember talking to Heidi Robinson, Rick’s publicist, and she said, “No, no! Now you’re the forbidden fruit; now you’re really gonna sell some records!”"
Sir Mix-a-Lot, on MTV banning Baby Got Back

"Unfortunately folks, Rick Santorum complaining about the more popular "Santorum" only made things worse. Last week, "Santorum" was one of the hottest search terms on Google. The only people who haven't heard about this are the Amish. I have a feeling he'll do well with the Pennsylvania Dutch."

"If [Umbridge] could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning it!"

"Let me tell you something I've learned in my years; there are victims of fires, there are victims of car accidents. This kind of thing, there are no victims, just volunteers. Of course we'll get in the game; I'll talk to the editors of the major papers but we're not going to publicly refute every bogus charge. First of all, there's too many of them. Second of all, I'm not giving this guy and his book the weight of the White House. As far as the press is concerned, I've read the book because I had to. You have a vague recollection of the guy, but he wasn't here long enough to make a lasting impression. "Have you read the book?" Of course not. You're too busy doing a job."
White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, displaying rare savviness about this trope with regards to a "tell-all" White House memoir, The West Wing

"The problem is that if you say to a journalist, 'Can you avoid that topic?', that's when they really go for it. It's like saying to the school bully, 'I'll wet myself if you tickle me.'"
Terri Coverley, The Thick of It

Ben "Yahtzee" Crenshaw in his Maypole of Controversy video, explaining how all the fuss over Hatred only boosted its sales

"What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally, the whole school knows."

JewelStaite: Dear Internet; While I agree that I was indeed a precociously adorable child, let's go ahead and bury the PartyMania. Cool? Thx a million.
GlitchMike: @JewelStaite: You do realize that you've just caused 38,000 people to google "Jewel Staite Party Mania", right?
JewelStaite: Aw, shit.
—Twitter conversation