Repeatedly weekly I become requested guidance when it comes to multi forward written by others while on business time. As it is an organization e-mail does that mean they no longer own it? Because an e-mail is written on business time, does not negate copyright and common courtesy.
Should you really copy the initial sender or ask should it be O.K. before forwarding their e-mail? Ccing doesnt negate requesting permission. E-mails are sent and written towards the party for which they were intended, no matter when or where they can be written and therefore are not to be shipped to others with no senders permission first. Period or risk the consequences.
Now, as we know, there should be no expectation of privacy online. But that doesnt mean anything goes or that business courtesy is thrown out the window!
You might be putting your enterprise in legal jeopardy when you forward outside the company and you could be putting your reputation as a professional on the line by forwarding internally. Running a business, copyright issues are more at play as well as every responsible company ought to have a plan on which can and should be forwarded and just how via e-mail.
Common courtesy dictates you may not forward minus the original senders knowledge. They can not appreciate the e-mail they wrote to you personally being shipped to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind whatsoever. So just ask!
Certainly it must go without saying that during company time the forwarding of shall we simply say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Not Safe for Work) or perhaps not business related simply should not be forwarded whatsoever. Save those e-mails for your personal account during personal time.
For more, I have a post 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 while you are at it?