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Several times per week I get requested guidance with regards to multi forward published by others while on business time. As it is a business 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 the event you copy the original sender or ask when it is O.K. before forwarding their e-mail? Ccing doesnt negate asking for permission. E-mails are sent and written to the party that these were intended, no matter what when or where they can be written and therefore are to never be brought to others minus the senders permission first. Period or risk the results.

Now, we all know, there must be no expectation of privacy online. But that doesnt mean anything goes or that business courtesy is dumped the window!

You may be putting your business in legal jeopardy if you forward outside of the company and you might be putting your reputation as being a professional on the line by forwarding internally. In operation, copyright issues are much more at play and every responsible company should have a plan about what can and really should be forwarded and how via e-mail.

Common courtesy dictates you may not forward with no original senders knowledge. They might not appreciate the e-mail they wrote for you being shipped to those they dont know. Or they mult1forward not mind whatsoever. So just ask!

Certainly it must go without saying that while on company time the forwarding of shall we say anything questionable content-wise (NSF = Unsafe for Work) or perhaps not business related simply ought not to be forwarded at all. Save those e-mails for the personal account while on personal time.

For additional, I have got a write-up with a bit of extra general forwarding tips that apply to business and personal e-mails alike that you could find helpful: 5 Rules for Forwarding. Why not also have a look at my Copyright Refresher while you are at it?