A few times every week I get requested guidance in relation to multi forward authored by others throughout business time. As it is a business e-mail does that mean they no more own it? Because an e-mail is written on business time, does not negate copyright and common courtesy.
In case you copy the initial sender and ask if it is O.K. before forwarding their e-mail? Ccing doesnt negate looking for permission. E-mails are sent and written to the party that these were intended, regardless of when or where they are written and are never to be shipped to others with no senders permission first. Period or risk the effects.
Now, we all know, there must be no expectation of privacy online. But that doesnt mean anything goes or that business courtesy is trashed your window!
You could be putting your organization in legal jeopardy if you forward outside of the company and you may be putting your reputation as a professional at stake by forwarding internally. In business, copyright issues are even more at play as well as every responsible company must have a policy on which can and ought to be forwarded and how via e-mail.
Common courtesy dictates you may not forward without having the original senders knowledge. They might not appreciate the e-mail they wrote for you being sent to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind in any way. So just ask!
Certainly it ought to go without stating that while on company time the forwarding of shall we simply say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Unsafe for Work) or otherwise business related simply should not be forwarded whatsoever. Save those e-mails for your personal account throughout personal time.
For further, I actually have an article with a bit of extra general forwarding tips that relate to business and personal e-mails alike which you may find helpful: 5 Rules for Forwarding. Why not also look at my Copyright Refresher while you are at it?