Owner won't sell BYU fight song

Owner won't sell BYU fight song

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The Brigham Young University fight song will stay with a family that bleeds Cougar blue.

The son of the composer is bothered when he hears "The Cougar Song" is available on the Internet for doorbells, key chains and cell phone rings. Dee Sandgren, who holds the copyright, said only BYU can use the tune.

After considering whether to sell the rights or just give them to BYU, Sandgren said the fight song "will not be sold."

"I have decided it is not in the best interest of anyone to sell the rights of a song enjoyed by countless individuals," he said in a statement.

Sandgren's father, Clyde Sandgren, composed the song in 1932. He was a BYU graduate who served as the school's general counsel and vice president. He died in 1989.

BYU freshman Brad Weinert said he sang the song in the shower while on a Mormon mission in California.

"It takes on a lot of meaning once you've cheered on your team," he said. ------ Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-07-17-07 1235MDT

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