Repeatedly weekly I have asked for guidance when it comes to multi forward written by others while on business time. Since it is an organization e-mail does that mean they not any longer own it? Because an e-mail is written on business time, will not negate copyright and common courtesy.
Should you copy the original sender or ask should it be O.K. before forwarding their e-mail? Ccing doesnt negate seeking permission. E-mails are sent and written towards the party in which these were intended, no matter when or where these are written and therefore are to never be delivered to others minus the senders permission first. Period or risk the effects.
Now, as we all know, there should be no expectation of privacy online. But that doesnt mean anything goes or that business courtesy is trashed the window!
You can be putting your organization in legal jeopardy should you forward away from company and you can be putting your reputation as being a professional at stake by forwarding internally. In business, copyright issues are even more at play and each responsible company ought to have an insurance plan about what can and should be forwarded and how via e-mail.
Common courtesy dictates you do not forward without having the original senders knowledge. They could not appreciate the e-mail they wrote for you being sent to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind at all. So just ask!
Certainly it will go without proclaiming that while on company time the forwarding of shall we simply say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Not Safe for Work) or otherwise business related simply must not be forwarded whatsoever. Save those e-mails for your personal account during personal time.
For more, I have got an article with a bit of extra general forwarding tips that pertain to business and private e-mails alike which you may find helpful: 5 Rules for Forwarding. Why not also have a look at my Copyright Refresher when you are at it?