Repeatedly every week I recieve asked for guidance in terms of multi forward created by others while on business time. Since it is a company 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.
In the event you copy the very first sender and/or ask if 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 they were intended, no matter when or where they may be written and are never to be brought to others minus the senders permission first. Period or risk the outcomes.
Now, as we know, there must be no expectation of privacy online. But that doesnt mean anything goes or that business courtesy is dumped the window!
You may be putting your company in legal jeopardy should you forward beyond the company and you may be putting your reputation being a professional at stake by forwarding internally. In operation, copyright issues are more at play and every responsible company must have a plan about what can and really should be forwarded and the way via e-mail.
Common courtesy dictates you may not forward with no original senders knowledge. They might not appreciate the e-mail they wrote for your needs being brought to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind at all. So just ask!
Certainly it must go without proclaiming that throughout company time the forwarding of shall we say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Not Safe for Work) or otherwise not business related simply really should not be forwarded in any way. Save those e-mails for your personal personal account throughout personal time.
For more, I have got a post with a bit of 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 take a look at my Copyright Refresher when you are at it?