I am a web developer, and also have children, and had the idea of creating multiple choice tests on a "resource". Take for example a BBC nature documentary on Netflix. Actually that's NOT public so it's a better example. I want my son to really learn that so I come up with maybe 30-40 multiple choice or T/F questions about it, and post it so he (and others) could take a test. I feel like this will really facilitate learning. All of a sudden, he's got a real incentive to pay attention!

I am not giving access to the video. You'll need your own access to watch it. I am not copying any clips of the video. But I am essentially commenting on the video and creating a resource that discusses the video. Am I infringing on any copyright laws by doing this?

The other question as a corollary is, are there specific restrictions on the format of the questions? Am I violating laws if I quote short sections in order to implement the question? I will of course cite the resource name and location. I'm thinking that a lot of educational blogs could have this type of testing associated with them as well, so this applies not just to videos or private resources. Thanks.

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Asking questions and having discussion about a work is not copyright infringement. Copyright infringement requires copying.

When quoting short sections, you are copying, so the question turns into a fair-use or fair-dealing question.

  • Thank you - very well worded and good references esp. the first fair-use link. It is my hope that this type of system will actually ENCOURAGE more readership or viewership of a resource - and I think that it will have that effect. Dec 9, 2016 at 8:01

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