Several times each week I have asked for guidance in terms of multi forward written by others while on business time. Since it is a business e-mail does that mean they no more own it? Because an e-mail is written on business time, fails to negate copyright and common courtesy.
Should you really copy the original sender and ask if it is O.K. before forwarding their e-mail? Ccing doesnt negate asking for permission. E-mails are sent and written towards the party in which these people were intended, regardless of when or where these are written and therefore are to never be sent to others without having the senders permission first. Period or risk the results.
Now, we all know, there ought to be no expectation of privacy online. But that doesnt mean anything goes or that business courtesy is thrown out your window!
You may be putting your business in legal jeopardy when you forward outside the company and you might be putting your reputation being a professional on the line by forwarding internally. In running a business, copyright issues are more at play and each responsible company should have an insurance policy on what can and should be forwarded and just how via e-mail.
Common courtesy dictates you do not forward without the original senders knowledge. They can not appreciate the e-mail they wrote to you personally being brought to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind at all. So just ask!
Certainly it must go without praoclaiming that throughout company time the forwarding of shall we simply say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Unsafe for Work) or otherwise not business related simply must not be forwarded by any means. Save those e-mails for your personal personal account while on personal time.
For more, I have articles with a few extra general forwarding tips that pertain to business and personal e-mails alike which you may find helpful: 5 Rules for Forwarding. Why not also take a look at my Copyright Refresher when you are at it?