By Alexei Oreskovic
San Francisco (Reuters) - Even courtroom adversaries can be partners in the nascent online movie rental business.
YouTube announced a movie rental partnership with Paramount Pictures on Wednesday, despite the online video website's long-running litigation with Paramount parent company Viacom Inc.
YouTube said it would offer online rentals of nearly 500 Paramount films, including "Hugo" and "The Godfather," rounding out its growing catalog of feature-length movies.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed and it was not immediately clear why the two companies, whose parent companies have sparred in court for years, decided to put their differences aside for this licensing agreement.
Viacom is currently seeking to overturn its defeat in a landmark $1 billion lawsuit in which the media conglomerate charged YouTube and parent company Google Inc with "massive" copyright infringement.
Viacom alleged in its 2007 suit that many of its programs, including "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, »
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