I can recall an episode of The Simpsons in which Bart and the bullies go to a bully meeting. In this meeting one that seems to be the boss starts a speach but is interrupted by another bully who hits him with a sling and then accuses Bart. The bully have now to go back to Springfield traversig the territory of other bullies.

This is the plot of the movie The warriors.

I recall this episode now, but there are many other examples, so I wonder: do the creators of the Simpsons have to pay copyright to the film maker for copying the plot of the movie?

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    "It is based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name, which was, in turn, based on Xenophon's Anabasis." wonder how much fees went to Xenophon.
    – muru
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 8:21

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This kind of thing is common to The Simpsons and a lot of shows, and falls under fair use as parody - so it is highly unlikely that any royalty or licence fee would have to be paid in this instance.

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