Lightroom: Title field is erroneously included in exported JPG

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When I export an image to a JPG file, and set the "Metadata" option to "Copyright & Contact Info Only", the image's "Title" field is erroneously included in the exported file.

If I set the "Metadata" option to "Copyright Only" then it works OK (i.e. the "Title" field is not included in the exported file).

Lightroom Version: CC 2015.12
OS: Windows 10
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This occurs with my LR CC 2015.12 / OS X 10.12.6.  Detailed steps to reproduce:

1. Start with an empty catalog.

2. Import a single photo.

3. In the Library > Metadata panel, set Title to be "My Title".

4. Do File > Export, selecting the options:

Export To: Same folder as original photo
Add To This Catalog
Add To Stack: Above Original
Existing Files: Ask What To Do
Image Format: JPEG
Include: Copyright & Contact Info Only

5. Select the newly exported/imported photo and observe in the Metadata panel that Title is "My Title".

6. Repeat step 4 but with Include: Copyright Only and observe the exported/imported photo's title is empty.

Perhaps the programmer confused "Title" with "Job Title" (which is a contact field and is properly handled).
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As a workaround, you could use the Metadata Wrangler plugin to remove the Title field.
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Thanks John for your help confirming this. 

Interestingly, I found the same thing happens when exporting/saving from Photoshop. I tried "Export As...", "Quick Export as JPG", and "Save for Web (Legacy)" in Photoshop. In each case, the metadata "None" or "Copyright" option worked as expected, while the "Copyright and Contact Info" option caused the image title to be saved in the exported file.

To me this looks like a bug, but I'm starting to wonder whether it might be a conscious design choice by Adobe?
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I think it's not likely a conscious design choice -- the IPTC industry standard defines two separate fields, Title and Job Title.  The Title field is defined as essentially a "short caption" and has nothing to do with contact info, whereas Job Title is the the job title of the primary contact.

More likely Photoshop and LR share a common library containing the bug.
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That makes sense ... thanks again, John!
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The title field has been included in the Contact Info metadata ever since the the metadata subsetting feature was introduced in Camera Raw and Lightroom back in 2011.

If I recall correctly (I may not, but I think I do), the reason for this was that some photographers and/or organizations had been using the title field historically to hold information that could be used to identify or contact the creator. The title field pre-dates the existence of the more complex creator-contact info that the IPTC introduced in 2005. 

It may be anachronistic to still include the title in the contact information today, but this is the way this subsetting option has worked for years and in multiple products. 
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Thanks much for the historical perspective.
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Thanks David, good to know.

May I respectfully suggest that this could be tidied up in a future release? It is certainly not behaviour that one would expect, and has the danger that photographers will inadvertantly distribute images which contain more information than they might be happy to share.