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Media giant Viacom and Google-owned video sharing site YouTube dished up some colourful court documents last Friday that showed how little love exists between the sparring pair.

Google, for its part, asked the court to overlook the fact that some of its wonks labelled Viacom as "copyright bastards" and "a-holes", in what is now a long-running legal spat between the companies.

Mountain View hit back by listing a scattering of F-words it alleged had been made by Viacom execs, including such witty titbits as "fuck you, Google bastards" and "fucking assholes".

In other words, both sides know how to employ a few choice swears against their sworn media enemy.

The whole sorry affair kicked off in March 2007 when Viacom filed a $1bn lawsuit against Google, alleging that YouTube was responsible for Viacom-owned clips posted to the site.

Now more than three years since the dispute first became public, both firms are continuing to fight their corner by publishing playground-grade documents about what the other one did or didn't say.

All of which suggests the disagreement will run and run, and it's highly unlikely that the two firms will kiss and make up anytime soon.

This way for the respective fucking expletives, if your delicate constitution can take it. ®

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