Would this be legal?
I would LOVE to compose music but I don't know how. However, I do know how to take songs and alter them almost completely, with only a tiny bit of resemblance in the end of the alteration. I'm thinking about doing this and posting the altered songs officially on albums, along with telling people what song they originated from.
1: Is this legal? 2: Would I need to ask permission from the original writer? 3: Not speaking in legal terms, would this be considered cheating?