California man pleads to unlawfully selling aviation data

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a California man has admitted to unlawfully selling copyrighted aviation data updates.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas said in a news release that 51-year-old Craig M. Vincent of Stockton, California pleaded guilty to one count of criminal infringement of a copyright.

In his plea agreement, Vincent acknowledged he used eBay to resell aviation navigational database updates in violation of the licensing agreement for a trademarked product called NavData produced by Jeppesen, a subsidiary of Boeing.

The data included airport information, runway characteristics, arrival and departure routes, terminal procedures and other information needed to navigate an airplane to its final destination.

Prosecutors say that while doing business as Merlin Enterprises, Vincent unlawfully sold the sold NavData cards.

His sentencing is set for Oct. 15.

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