T.I. held liable in 'Blurred Lines' ruling

BY YVONNE ZUSEL

A judge has ruled that Atlanta rapper T.I. actually can't do whatever he likes, at least when it comes to being a part of the 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines".

In March, a jury found Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, who sing on the song and are listed as co-writers along with Clifford "T.I." Harris, guilty of copyright infringement and ordered them to pay $7.4 million in damages to Marvin Gaye's family.

A judge rejected Thicke and Williams' request for asked for a new trial. He also ordered that Thicke and Williams now only owe $5.3 million in damages, and that T.I. and record labels including UMG Recordings and Interscope should be held liable for damages.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, T.I. and the record labels will share in the $3.2 million damages tab, but won't be held accountable for lost profits.

The legal drama seems to be a small bump in the road for T.I., who otherwise has had a lot to celebrate of late -- he opened a new restaurant, Scales 925, in downtown Atlanta in April and co-stars in the highly anticipated Marvel movie "Ant-Man," which is set to open this weekend.

Listen to the mash-up below and decide for yourself whether you think the two songs sound similar: