Lightroom Classic: Save To File doesn't clear IPTC fields

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If you set Title, Caption, and Copyright to be non-blank strings and then later clear those fields and do Metadata > Save Metadata To File, the corresponding IPTC fields in the file will contain the previous strings rather than be empty.

1. Select a JPEG and in the Metadata > Default panel set Title, Caption, and Copyright to be "XXX". 

2. Do Metadata > Save Metadata To File.

3. In the Metadata > Default panel, delete the contents of the Title, Caption, and Copyright fields.

4. Do Metadata > Save Metadata To File.

5. Do "exiftool -iptc:objectname -iptc:caption-abstract -iptc:copyrightnotice file.jpg" and see that IPTC:Caption-Abstract those fields still contains "XXX".

6. In LR, do Edit In > Edit In Adobe Photoshop > Edit Original. 

7. In Photoshop, do File > File Info and observe those three IPTC fields still contain "XXX".

See here for the original report:
https://www.lightroomqueen.com/community/threads/caption-description-metadata-fields.39512/#post-1261040

Tested in LR 9.1 / Mac OS 10.14.6
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Official Response
Hi John,

Thanks for reporting this. We have been able to reproduce the issue and have logged a bug for the same.

Thanks,
Smit
Lightroom Classic Team