Repeatedly weekly I get requested guidance when it comes to multi forward authored by others throughout business time. Since it is a business e-mail does that mean they will no longer own it? Because an e-mail is written on business time, will not negate copyright and common courtesy.
Should you really copy the very first sender or ask if it is O.K. before forwarding their e-mail? Ccing doesnt negate seeking permission. E-mails are sent and written towards the party where these were intended, irrespective of when or where they are written and so are not to be shipped to others without having the senders permission first. Period or risk the consequences.
Now, as everyone knows, there should be no expectation of privacy online. But that doesnt mean anything goes or that business courtesy is thrown out your window!
You can be putting your organization in legal jeopardy should you forward outside the company and you could be putting your reputation as being a professional at risk by forwarding internally. Running a business, copyright issues are even more at play and each and every responsible company must have an insurance plan on which can and should be forwarded and the way via e-mail.
Common courtesy dictates you may not forward minus the original senders knowledge. They might not appreciate the e-mail they wrote to you personally being sent to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind in any way. So just ask!
Certainly it will go without saying that throughout company time the forwarding of shall we say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Unsafe for Work) or perhaps not business related simply should not be forwarded at all. Save those e-mails for your personal account while on personal time.
For more, I actually have articles with some extra general forwarding tips that affect business and private e-mails alike which you may find helpful: 5 Rules for Forwarding. Why not also check out my Copyright Refresher when you are at it?