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So to get to the point, others have started using this title on their sites - and it gets me a little annoyed.
It is really frustrating when you work hard producing good original content and think up good relevant titles only to see others copy & paste it into their code. What I cannot work out is, why would people want to be ranked below another site using the same title? IMO it looks unprofessional anyway.
Is this theft? Do I have the same rights over my titles as I do on the actual page content (which is also regularly stolen by others)
I guess that this would be virtually impossible to enforce legally but what would you do? Are we all at risk of having our titles reused?
<Sorry, should have used that example earlier - just remembered about it!>
I assume that your content is located in the United States and subject to US copyright law? If so, the LoC seems to suggest that there is no copyright in such a title ( [copyright.gov...] ). Sorry.
If you host your content in another country, you may find things better. There are at least two precedents in the UK that you could rely upon.
Francis Day & Hunter Ltd. and Another v. Bron and Another. Ch. 587
'' Wilberforce J. found that the first eight bars of the chorus of "In a Little Spanish Town" constituted a substantial part of the whole tune ... ''
From Shetland Times, Ltd. v. Jonathan Wills and Another.  F.S.R.
''However, in light of the concession that a headline could be a literary work and since the headlines at issue (or at least some of them) involve eight or so words designedly put together for the purpose of imparting information, it appeared to me to be arguable that there was an infringement, at least in some instances, of s 17.''
Titles, short descriptions and keywords are not copyright - unless they are registered trademarks - the same as a title of a book is not copyright unless it's registered.
I believe code and even tables are copyright - if someone rips a complex table layout that was designed uniquely from the ground up - that is copyright infringement if the "core design" code is obviously infringing - I.E. your unique pattern of <table> <tr> <td> 's - when stripped of other code it's easy to match patterns... it comes down to how much is the same...
The weight is generally on the infringer to prove they were not copying and show evidence to the case.
We had 1300 pages of our local directory network copied by a hack - and even through the link descriptions were removed the table HTML content was nearly identical +82% and warranted prosecution.
Took 9 emails, a proof document + 4 statements and a "the longer you leave that design up the more money you will owe us" before they got the point and simply closed shop...
"Only those without skill or imagination copy and paste"
* rather than linking directly, link to a redirect script using an Id or some sort of obfuscation (like rot13). If you restrict the REFERRER to your own site then someone would have to copy each link manually;
* Include some links to non-existant websites, or to your own sites. You can hide them from browsers using CSS styles;
* As others have said, if you 'add value' to the data using descriptions, colors, additional information, etc. then you have a case to claim copyright.
Re: trade-marks - Harley-Davidson have protected the sound their engines make after other companies tried to emulate it ;)
To test it out, try spidering dir.yahoo.com and republishing its directory under your own name. Even if you don't include the link commentary, I predict that if Yahoo notice you they will shut you down in an eyeblink.