Australian producer jailed and banned from America for 10 years

Australian electronic producer Pogo, who is best known for his film-themed electro-mashups, had previously been in some copyright hot water – but when he travelled State-side for a performance without a work visa, things got real nasty.

Pogo, real name Nick Bertke, spent three weeks in an American jail and has now been banned from entering the US for a whopping ten years. Bertke alleges concert promoters the Agency Group failed to provide him with the appropriate documentation for his trip – and he’s mighty pissed off about it.

Bertke posted on his blog: “For those of you less informed, I have just spent three weeks in US custody. Two in a county jail, and one in a federal detention centre. It was proper incarceration, courtesy of The Agency Group and their failure to provide me with the correct travel documents for my September tour in 2011. The moment they heard the news, they removed me from their list of clients and never communicated with me again.

I’m not one to set fire to people’s reputations, but wow, I was unimpressed with these people to put it mildly. ”