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As Victorian newspapers and periodicals proliferated and competition became increasingly fierce, proprietors recognised the importance and value of titles. This paper explores the legal protection available for these titles. It charts a period of uncertainty when the courts debated whether protection for titles was best understood as part of copyright law or as falling within the fast-evolving rules relating to the protection of trade marks. As legal clarity emerged deeming that titles could be protected by rules analogous to trade marks, publishers were faced with unpredictability as to precisely how those rules would be applied in the context of newspapers and periodicals. Reforms were suggested, but calls for a system of registering titles were unsuccessful.