DPP Criminal Conviction, up to €5,000 fine and up to 6 months jail
Violation of Copyright:
Sky has to sue you. Civil suit. No limit to liability.
You are doing both if you use "Card Sharing".
In October , Sky secured judgment against Liam O'Brien and Satellite and TV Services Ltd, trading as Aertec with an address in Dublin, for the unauthorised supply of Sky's channels and satellite reception equipment to a number of hotels throughout the country.
The case, before Judge Kelly in the High Court, was ruled following settlement between the parties, granting permanent injunctions restraining further infringement of Sky broadcasts and restraining the supply of equipment to facilitate other infringing of Sky's copyright.
In addition, €40,000 was paid by the defendants to Sky in damages for copyright infringement.
There is nothing "grey" about it. I don't understand why you want to argue it's "only" copyright violation. That's a civil matter with no limitation of liability.
Stealing a service *IS* on the Irish Statute book as a criminal offence. With specified tarriff. Channels decrypted by "Free sat from Sky" card are as much a service in Irish law as Cable TV, phone, Electricty or Gas.
Sky can even get a court order to get your IP and time/date of post and then a court order from the ISP to get your identity (for civil case of Copyright). Or the Garda could for a criminal case of Theft of Service.
Or a future/current Employer could realise these posts are you.
So your insistence to keep digging is idiotic.
Is it illegal to card share within a LAN?
The simple answer is yes, it's theft of service, criminal.
Copyright is a separate issue and is Civil Law, not Criminal law, so "illegal" in the normal sense doesn't apply. The injured party has to sue. It's not up to the Garda.