The only way I can think of that both Variety’s original statement and the correction could be true would be if there were a voluntary retroactive unmatched payment by the digital services as part of the deal for the Music Modernization Act. Even so, $1.5 billion is awfully generous, even for the biggest companies in commercial history. But then, if it is a voluntary payment, how would you ever know if it isn’t also voluntarily disclosed?

via Billions and Billions: Carl Sagan Meets the Music Modernization Act — Music Technology Policy