Several times every week I recieve asked for guidance when it comes to multi forward authored by others during business time. Because it is an organization e-mail does that mean they not any longer own it? Because an e-mail is written on business time, is not going to negate copyright and common courtesy.
Should you really copy the original sender and ask when it is O.K. before forwarding their e-mail? Ccing doesnt negate asking for permission. E-mails are sent and written for the party for which these folks were intended, irrespective of when or where they are written and are not to be sent to others minus the senders permission first. Period or risk the results.
Now, we all know, there must be no expectation of privacy online. But that doesnt mean anything goes or that business courtesy is dumped the window!
You might be putting your organization in legal jeopardy in the event you forward outside the company and you can be putting your reputation as being a professional at risk by forwarding internally. In operation, copyright issues are a lot more at play and every responsible company must have an insurance plan of what can and must be forwarded and exactly how via e-mail.
Common courtesy dictates you do not forward minus the original senders knowledge. They may not appreciate the e-mail they wrote to you personally being delivered to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind whatsoever. So just ask!
Certainly it ought to go without proclaiming that during company time the forwarding of shall we say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Not Safe for Work) or otherwise business related simply really should not be forwarded whatsoever. Save those e-mails to your personal account during personal time.
For more, We have an article with a few extra general forwarding tips that apply to business and private e-mails alike that you could find helpful: 5 Rules for Forwarding. Why not also have a look at my Copyright Refresher while you are at it?