Repeatedly each week I get asked for guidance in relation to multi forward authored by others while on 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, will not negate copyright and common courtesy.
In the event you copy the original sender or ask should it be O.K. before forwarding their e-mail? Ccing doesnt negate looking for permission. E-mails are sent and written towards the party that these were intended, no matter when or where they can be written and so are to never be shipped to others without the 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 dumped your window!
You might be putting your company in legal jeopardy if you forward away from company and you might be putting your reputation as a professional on the line by forwarding internally. Running a business, copyright issues are more at play and every responsible company ought to have an insurance policy on which can and ought to be forwarded and the way via e-mail.
Common courtesy dictates you may not forward without having the original senders knowledge. They may not appreciate the e-mail they wrote to you being sent to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind in any way. So just ask!
Certainly it should go without praoclaiming that during company time the forwarding of shall we say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Unsafe for Work) or not business related simply really should not be forwarded at all. Save those e-mails to your personal account during personal time.
To get more, I have got articles with a few extra general forwarding tips that affect business and private e-mails alike which you may find helpful: 5 Rules for Forwarding. Why not also look at my Copyright Refresher when you are at it?