Repeatedly weekly I become requested guidance in relation to multi forward authored by others throughout business time. Because it is an organization e-mail does that mean they no more own it? Because an e-mail is written on business time, fails to negate copyright and common courtesy.
Should you really copy the first sender and/or ask if it is O.K. before forwarding their e-mail? Ccing doesnt negate requesting permission. E-mails are sent and written to the party for which they were intended, no matter when or where they are written and so are not to be sent to others without having the senders permission first. Period or risk the results.
Now, we all know, there ought to be no expectation of privacy online. But that doesnt mean anything goes or that business courtesy is thrown out the window!
You can be putting your organization in legal jeopardy when you forward away from company and you might be putting your reputation like a professional at stake by forwarding internally. In business, copyright issues are more at play and each responsible company needs to have an insurance policy about what can and should be forwarded and exactly how via e-mail.
Common courtesy dictates you may not forward with no original senders knowledge. They could not appreciate the e-mail they wrote to you personally being brought to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind whatsoever. So just ask!
Certainly it will go without proclaiming that during company time the forwarding of shall we say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Unsafe for Work) or otherwise business related simply ought not to be forwarded in any way. Save those e-mails for the personal account while on personal time.
For additional, I have an article with a bit of extra general forwarding tips that pertain to business and private e-mails alike that you could find helpful: 5 Rules for Forwarding. Why not also look at my Copyright Refresher when you are at it?