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Port authority

EU taxation and customs commissioner Laszlo Kovacs and his Chinese counterparts have agreed to create an "intelligence network" linking Chinese and European ports in a bid to share information as they fight piracy and counterfeiting. Speaking after meeting Chinese customs commissioner minister Mu Xinsheng, Kovacs also said that the EU will station anti-counterfeiting officials in Beijing to work full-time with Chinese authorities. The move comes after months of heavy EU pressure over the rampant piracy of music and movie in China.

Credit score

VANCOUVER — British Columbia is hiking tax credits for foreign and domestic producers shooting here in a bid to match recent changes in Ontario and Quebec, the provincial government said. The basic tax credit for U.S. and other foreign producers will jump to 25%, from 18%, for location shoots in British Columbia taking place between Dec. 31, 2007, and Jan. 1, 2010. The domestic tax credit for made-in-B.C. productions will rise to 35% from 30%.

London calling

LONDON — Organizers of this year's London Film Festival said this year's event will take place Oct. 15-30. Festival director Sandra Hebron said the October dates will make the LFF "ideally positioned to premiere high-profile quality titles due for winter and spring release as well as to showcase some of the most hotly anticipated awards contenders." It's an early shot across the programming bows of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which this year moves up from its decades-old August dates to June 18-29.