Several times per week I recieve requested guidance in relation to multi forward published 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.
In case you copy the first sender or ask when it is O.K. before forwarding their e-mail? Ccing doesnt negate looking for permission. E-mails are sent and written for the party for which these folks were intended, no matter what when or where these are written and therefore are to not be shipped to others without having the senders permission first. Period or risk the consequences.
Now, we all know, there should be no expectation of privacy online. But that doesnt mean anything goes or that business courtesy is trashed your window!
You might be putting your organization in legal jeopardy when you forward beyond the company and you might be putting your reputation as being a professional at risk by forwarding internally. Running a business, copyright issues are much more at play and every responsible company needs to have an insurance plan of what can and should be forwarded and how via e-mail.
Common courtesy dictates you do not forward without the original senders knowledge. They could not appreciate the e-mail they wrote to you personally being shipped to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind in any way. So just ask!
Certainly it should go without saying that while on company time the forwarding of shall we just say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Unsafe for Work) or otherwise business related simply should not be forwarded at all. Save those e-mails for your personal account while on personal time.
For further, I actually have articles with many extra general forwarding tips that apply to business and private e-mails alike that you might find helpful: 5 Rules for Forwarding. Why not also look at my Copyright Refresher when you are at it?